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Welcome to our virtual event portal! This year’s summit theme is "Building Bridges to Open Up Education" which opens up opportunities for us to forge connections, collaborations, and partnerships that promote openness. Together, let’s celebrate our success, share our challenges, reinvent the future where all have access and opportunity to create knowledge for the public good.

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Lighting Round Sessions

Below are a series of lighting rounds. These are short 10-minute recordings that you can watch when it is convenient for you.

Open Teaching on Zoom
By Deidre Tyler

This presentation will examine ways to engage the learners with open resources on zoom. The presentation will focus on how OER can change the way instructors teach using broadcast. This is best for intermediate learners.

Organizing and Conducting Faculty Conversations on OER
By Carl Weckerle & Tina Ulrich

One of the proven benefits of OER is how it encourages interaction among faculty.  Busy schedules and heavy pandemic workloads make it difficult for faculty to make time for relaxed, open-ended interaction with their colleagues where they can share experience and resources. Michigan Colleges Online held a series of Faculty OER Conversations for eight different disciplines this winter that served as an informal venue for faculty experienced in teaching with OER to talk with their peers from other community colleges in Michigan who were exploring adopting OER for their courses. Carl Weckerle, Director of Michigan Colleges Online, and Tina Ulrich, OER Consultant, will outline how they planned and conducted this series and offer tips for others interested in facilitating faculty conversations about OER.

Grassroots to Open: Building a Discipline-Specific OAER Community of Practice

This lightning talk will briefly discuss the philosophy, creation, current projects, and future goals of a Community of Practice (COP) for Math instructors interested in exploring, adopting, and adapting OAER. The COP is so far confined to a single small campus of a system university, but we hope this model may be translatable to other campuses, both in our own system and at other institutions.

The presentation will share my perspective and role as a librarian and OER liaison in creating and supporting this group as they pursue discipline-specific projects. I will detail the reasoning behind experimenting with a discipline-specific COP, the process of developing our shared goals, and the projects currently underway, all with an emphasis on practical steps others could follow as well.

We will also discuss how using a disciplinary lens can help instructors learn about OAER within the practical context of their own courses and departments. Finally, we will touch on the potential challenges of forming a COP without funding, the obstacles we have encountered along the way, and the future directions we hope to move toward next.

This presentation is best suited for intermediate audiences who are familiar with what OAER are and are interested in strategies for supporting and implementing OAER adoption and adaptation on their own campuses, but expertise or advanced knowledge are not necessary.

MCLS & OEN: A Bridge to Better Open Education

Since its establishment, the mission of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has been to support libraries, providing services and resources aimed at building better libraries. Since its establishment, the Open Education Network’s (OEN) mission has been to support organizational efforts to develop, promote and implement open education resources. In July 2021, MCLS joined OEN as a consortial member. This partnership offers exciting opportunities to MCLS member libraries, connecting them to OEN, a leader in helping institutions build their open education programs through support, training, and resources. This lightning round presentation seeks to educate participants about MCLS and OEN and also outlines the benefits of the MCLS OEN consortial membership. Any MCLS member can tap into OEN resources and support. Additionally, through the MCLS/OEN partnership, MCLS members can individually join OEN as an allied member at a substantially reduced rate. Allied members have access to targeted support from OEN to assist them in building an open education program at their institution, including outreach to faculty. To encourage allied membership in OEN, MCLS is offering scholarships to a select number of libraries. Details of the scholarship application process will be outlined during this session. Come and discover the ways the new MCLS consortial membership in OEN helps libraries in their efforts to grow open access on their campus’.
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