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Wednesday, August 11 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
The Open Textbook Initiative at Wayne State: A Conversation between Faculty, Library, and Student Partners

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This self-moderated roundtable is intended for all audiences, particularly faculty authors, library publishers, and publishing interns. Our own authors, publishers and interns will detail their efforts to develop and successfully implement open textbooks at Wayne State University. Beginning with a history of open educational initiatives in the library and progressing to the current grant-funded project (currently supporting four new textbooks), participants will focus on prior efforts with associated successes and what fell short, expected present and future impact, and how libraries and faculty can support the success and wider dissemination of these textbooks going forward. Strategies to support open education in the university, identification methods of primary stakeholders involved in developing open textbooks, and motivations for and challenges in pursuing an open curriculum will be examined and discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in conversation with the presenters.

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Cheryl E. Ball

Director, Digital Publishing Collaborative, Wayne State University
Talk to me about Vega, a new academic publishing platform; or Kairos, the longest continuously running scholarly multimedia journal; or the Council of Editors of Learned Journals!
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Joshua Neds-Fox (he/him)

Digital Publishing Coordinator, Wayne State University Library System
I coordinate Digital Publishing for the Wayne State University Libraries in Detroit, Michigan, USA, where I oversee library publishing, digital collections, and the institutional repository.
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Clayton Hayes (he/him)

Publishing, Learning, & Research Support Librarian, Wayne State University
At my job I am the liaison for our Honors College and College of Engineering, along with the Departments of Urban Studies & Planning, Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies, and Mathematics. I also work with our publishing unit managing our IR and several journals published by the... Read More →

Elizabeth McQuillen

Faculty, Wayne State University
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Jogindra Wadehra

Faculty, Wayne State University
I am a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Wayne State University.  For the last few years I have been teaching a course (PHY 3700: Mathematics for Biomedical Physics) which is a required course for undergraduate students majoring in our Department.  I just completed... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Ziehm

Student Intern, Wayne State University

Wednesday August 11, 2021 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT