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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER): Professional Development and Education

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources

Intro to OER - Canvas Course

CCCOER (Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources)

Higher Education Journals


Open Ed Week 2019

Faculty Dialogues

It's almost Open Education Week<>, a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

To celebrate Open Education Week, CCCOER will hold five 45-minute webinars, one per day, where faculty in a specific discipline will discuss the intricacies of teaching OER in that subject and answer audience questions.

March 2019

Mon - Fri; March 4-8 ; noon PT / 3pm ET

Registration required.    Register<>

Join us to hear faculty discuss:

 *   How they were first introduced to OER, and what made them decide to use it.

  *   What the process of adopting OER was like and what challenges they encountered.

  *   How OER has changed the way they teach.

  *   Any assessments they have done regarding student success rates, and how their students have responded to OER.

  *   If they are going to continue using OER, and if so, any changes they are considering implementing to improve the course.


  *   Monday, March 4: Sociology

  *   Tuesday, March 5: Administration of Justice

  *   Wednesday, March 6: English

  *   Thursday, March 7: Philosophy

  *   Friday, March 8: Math

To see a complete list of speakers and to register, visit our website:<>

Click link for events, projects and resources, and more:  




Surveys and Statistics

Podcasts on OER

Open Education PodCasts

OER Twitter


Save the Date!

Friday, March 8th, 2019
Pre-Conference March 7th

Join us for our second annual OpenCon Cleveland event, back by popular demand! At this event we'll celebrate and explore open education and open access with speakers, panels, and hands-on activities. See the last year's website for details about what to expect. Schedule of events for OpenCon Cleveland 2019 will be available here soon.


Cleveland State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
1801 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115


OhioLINK's Textbook Affordability and Inclusive Access Immersion: A one-day conference for our members<>
One-day event is free to member institutions; scheduled 9.28.18
A day-long, interactive conference for those involved with textbook affordability inclusive access advocacy and implementation at OhioLINK member institutions, featuring working sessions in policy, implementation and technology. This event supports all levels of inclusive access?including the undecided.

You will receive both an overview of inclusive access in Ohio and the opportunity to attend expert panels and roundtables on topics that speak to your needs, such as: technical implementation, accessibility, cost, how to get started, and how to advocate and communicate inclusive access to administration, faculty and students.

OhioLINK will also provide you the opportunity to meet with publishers, bookstores and aggregators and ask your implementation questions in person. It?s our intention to not only make inclusive access successful for students and institutions, but to also make it approachable.
 *   Administrators, faculty and provosts
  *   Bookstore managers, bursars, and financial aid staff
  *   Instructional designers and course management systems staff
  *   IA advocates seeking guidance support, regardless of role
  *   Stakeholders curious about inclusive access
 *   Friday, September 28, 2018
  *   Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m.
  *   Conference commences at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
 *   OCLC Conference Center, 6600 Kilgour Pl, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Additional details:
 *   This event is for employees at OhioLINK member institutions only
  *   This event is free to attendees and includes meals, beverages and parking
  *   Registration is limited; initial registration is limited to no more than three attendees per institution (but will be expanded as space allows)
Handouts and materials from Conference:


Professional Development Opportunities

Affordable Learning Ohio Summit - August 1 - 2, 2018

OhioLINKALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) Scholarly Communications Interest Group, and the University of Akron's Affordable Learning Initiative are co-sponsoring an Affordable Learning Ohio Summit to be hosted at the University of Akron on August 1st and 2nd.



This event is designed to help foster information sharing amongst institutions in the State of Ohio that are currently engaged with an affordable learning initiative. The free (for main summit registrants) and optional half-day pre-summit on August 1st is for individuals (librarians, instructional designers, administrators) to learn about open educational resources, open textbooks, and copyright. The main summit ($65 registration fee) on August 2nd will include sessions on Building Partnerships on Your Campus, Funding and Grant Opportunities, Enduring Engagement with Your Initiative, and Open Authorship.


The 15th Annual Open Education Conference

#OpenEd18   October 10-12, 2018 Niagara Falls, New York 

The OpenEd18 program – with over 350 presentations, posters, roundtables, lightning talks, panels, and symposia – is available in the OpenEd18 app.

Inclusive Access Immersion for OhioLINK member institutions: A webinar series

In the interest of offering educational content to our members ahead of the Textbook Affordability and Inclusive Access Immersion event on September 28 (click through to register if you haven’t already), we are offering a series of webinars the last week in July.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the different elements of inclusive access adoption and implementation, and ask any questions that you may have! These webinars will be hosted by the presenters. Additionally, they will all be recorded if you cannot make it in person. We expect this list to continue to expand; stay tuned for updates.


1 p.m. - Unizin

  • Discuss the Unizin delivery platform (Unizin Engage) as well as the method for communicating adoptions (Unizin Order Tool).  From there discussion will move towards Unizin's vision for Inclusive Access, pedagogy, accessibility, and advantages of partnering with a nonprofit for digital content delivery.
  • Registration link

Video Conferencing System: -or-

Meeting ID : 309565024 

  • To join via phone :

1)  Dial: +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free)

2)  Enter Conference ID : 309565024


11 a.m. - RedShelf

  • Getting Inclusive Access Started on Campus: As digital programs like inclusive access continue to solidify their presence in the higher education space, the ability to scale programs with efficiency becomes increasingly essential. The foundations of these digital programs are rooted in essential campus team collaboration, publisher partnerships and key integrations that allow the programs to grow with ease. This session will elaborate on this concept reviewing the roles critical to set-up this program and the benefits of utilizing an end-to-end platform to power the program. Presented by Shannon Godfrey, Director of Sales & Sara Ellenberger, Inclusive Access Account Executive. 
  • Registration link

2 p.m. - McGraw Hill Education


2 p.m. - Verba | VitalSource

  • Start and Scale Inclusive Access with Verba | VitalSource: Join Verba | VitalSource for a webinar on best practices to launch and scale Inclusive Access. During the session, we will cover key benefits of Inclusive Access for all stakeholders on campus, provide best practices for starting and scaling your Inclusive Access program, and demonstrate the student, instructor, and Inclusive Access program administrator experience. Presented by Kathleen Hayes, Director of Institutional Partnerships.
  • Registration link 


10 a.m. – Cengage




2 p.m. - Pearson


  • Launching Inclusive Access - Getting Started: A discussion on implementing an Inclusive Access program, what it takes to get started and how Pearson can help. Join Phillip Anaya from Alamo Colleges and Brian McGarry from Pearson to hear about who needs to be involved to ensure a smooth transition to delivering your course materials digitally.  They will discuss how to get started, best practices for implementing at a course/department level and navigating institutional approvals, bookstore responsibilities, etc. 
  • Registration link:


Webinars on OER

Affordable Learning Webinar

OhioLINK is presenting an Affordable Learning webinar on January 30, 2019 from 2pm – 3pm. Please register here if you are interested in attending the webinar:  Effectively Encouraging Use of OER on Your Campus

Nicole Finkbeiner utilizes her experience working with colleges and universities across the country to outline the key components of a successful OER initiative. She’ll cover key metrics, real-world examples of successful strategies, and suggestions on how to adapt an OER initiative to your specific budget and campus culture. Nicole Finkbeiner is the Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. She also coaches colleges and universities to effectively encourage faculty adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote student success and faculty academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting OER, Nicole fills her time working on civil rights issues, traveling, reading, staying healthy, and dragging her friends and family to random cultural events.


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