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Monday, November 9
 

10:00am EST

Welcome
Welcome to the 2020 Open Education Conference! This year is one of firsts: the first time in the conference's seventeen year history to be held as a virtual event, the first time the number of registered attendees breaks 1000, and the first time the conference is organized through a community-driven process.

This opening session will be led by members of the Steering Committee, who will share the story of how this year's conference came to be, what's in store for the next five days, and some suggestions for how you can get the most out of the experience.

The recording of this session will be posted, so that you can watch the welcome session no matter when you log in to participate.

Planners
avatar for Akanksha Bhatnagar

Akanksha Bhatnagar

Communications & Public Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Akanksha is the Communications and Public Relaltions Officer with a national student lobby organization. Akanksha was also the 2019/20 President of the University of Alberta Students' Union and the 2018-19 Vice President Academic where she Chaired of the University of Alberta Open... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Williamson

Daniel Williamson

Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Daniel Williamson manages the day to day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate, and passionate advocate of equity in education... Read More →
avatar for Danyal Hayat

Danyal Hayat

Manager Industrial Linkages & Technology Transfer, CECOS University
Danyal Hayat is an Engineer, Open Education advocate & a blogger who uses National/International platforms to run awareness campaigns & contribute to the Pakistani government policies being a stakeholder & member of the working groups in different policy making processes. Danyal has... Read More →
avatar for Emily Ragan

Emily Ragan

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Excited about reimagining effective education. Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and OER Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver
avatar for Ethan Senack

Ethan Senack

Chief of Staff, ISKME
avatar for Jasmine Roberts

Jasmine Roberts

Lecturer/Teaching Professor, The Ohio State University
Jasmine Roberts is an educator, speaker, writer and strategic communication professional. She joined the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2012, where she teaches upper level undergraduate courses in the areas of communication campaigns and strategic communication... Read More →
avatar for MJ Bishop

MJ Bishop

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Dr. MJ Bishop directs the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance USM's position as a national leader in higher education transformation. The Kirwan Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →
avatar for Regina Gong

Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
I'm the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU). I've had extensive experience leading an OER program from the ground up at a community college where I used to work, and now at a land-grant, research university. You can ask me... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Ellis

Spencer Ellis

Director of Educational Innovation, Colorado Department of Higher Education
avatar for Tiffani Reardon

Tiffani Reardon

Affordable Learning Georgia Program Manager, University System of Georgia
Talk to me about: instructional design, tech com/writing, accessibility, oer, open pedagogy, dogs, cats, geek stuff


Monday November 9, 2020 10:00am - 10:25am EST
All Together
  Plenary, Plenary

12:00pm EST

Monday Plenary: What Does Open Education Mean to You?
The first plenary session of the conference will focus on the meaning of open education through the practice of storytelling. This interactive experience will focus on the people who drive the open education movement.

The session will begin with an interactive polling exercise to explore who is in the room, what their education priorities are, and what open education means to them. Then, the session will introduce an interactive storytelling exercise, where participants will have a chance to break out into small groups to share their own personal story—starting at the very beginning, and explaining the journey to the shared experience of the conference.

For those who prefer not to break out, a panel of open education advocates and practitioners will share their stories in the main room (recorded so those who join breakouts don't miss out!) The practice of story circles is adapted from OpenCon, and if you're on the fence, we encourage you to read more about it.

This year's Open Education Conference is all about community, and this session will offer a chance to get to know people in a way we rarely have the opportunity to do! Join us for an interactive journey.

Planners
avatar for Akanksha Bhatnagar

Akanksha Bhatnagar

Communications & Public Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Akanksha is the Communications and Public Relaltions Officer with a national student lobby organization. Akanksha was also the 2019/20 President of the University of Alberta Students' Union and the 2018-19 Vice President Academic where she Chaired of the University of Alberta Open... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Larson

Amanda Larson

Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, The Ohio State University
avatar for Sarah Hammershaimb

Sarah Hammershaimb

Graduate Student, Athabasca University
Hi everyone! I'm excited to be part of the Open Education community. I am a teacher librarian from Denver, Colorado and an EdD student at Athabasca University. I have worked as an elementary classroom teacher, public librarian and elementary teacher librarian, and am currently involved... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Ellis

Spencer Ellis

Director of Educational Innovation, Colorado Department of Higher Education



Monday November 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:25pm EST
All Together
  Plenary, Plenary
 
Tuesday, November 10
 

10:00am EST

Tuesday Plenary: Maha Bali & Mia Zamora
Equitable Emergence: Telling the Story of “Equity Unbound” in the Open

How do we co-create an emergent, open community centered around equity in order to resist the exclusions of the hierarchical, hegemonic spaces we inhabit? How do we continually become what we and our communities need? These values are at the heart of Equity Unbound. Join us on a journey to explore this approach to open educational practice.

Slides: https://bit.ly/miaha

Join Socially Just Academia: https://bit.ly/JoinSociallyJust

Speakers
avatar for Maha Bali

Maha Bali

Associate professor of practice, American University in Cairo
Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping... Read More →
avatar for Mia Zamora

Mia Zamora

Associate Professor, School of English Studies, Kean University
Writer. Educator. Connector. Maker.Associate Professor of English, Director of MA in Writing Studies & Kean University Writing Project; DML blogger.

Planners
avatar for Regina Gong

Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
I'm the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU). I've had extensive experience leading an OER program from the ground up at a community college where I used to work, and now at a land-grant, research university. You can ask me... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 10:00am - 11:25am EST
All Together
  Plenary, Keynote
 
Wednesday, November 11
 

2:00pm EST

Wednesday Plenary: Sharon Leu & Dr. Harrison Keller
This session will feature two keynote talks offering perspectives on open education initiatives at different levels of government—from the U.S. Department of Education's Open Textbook Pilot to the Texas OER Grant Program. This session will explore the "bigger picture" of how OER can contribute to opportunities to improve educational practice, especially relating to the impacts of COVID-19. 

Speakers
avatar for Harrison Keller

Harrison Keller

Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Texas
Dr. Harrison Keller is the Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Texas. He is a sixth-generation Texan with more than two decades of experience in educational budget and policy, digital learning, senior university administration, management, fundraising, and building effective... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Leu

Sharon Leu

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology
Sharon leads the Office of Educational Technology’s higher education innovation initiatives that explore the complex ecosystem of lifelong, lifewide postsecondary learning and the opportunities technology provides to broaden access to education for all learners. Most recently, these... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:25pm EST
All Together
  Plenary, Keynote
 
Thursday, November 12
 

4:00pm EST

Thursday Plenary: Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah & Jessie Loyer
This session will feature two keynote talks offering perspectives on open education and its intersection with social justice. Each talk will be 25 minutes, followed by questions and moderated discussion.

An Examination of How Open Educational Resources Fall Short of Being Equitable, Inclusive and Disruptive
Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah

The goal of open educational resources should be to create educational environments where all learners have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. In this session, the presenter will discuss the importance of creating open educational resources that are truly accessible, inclusive, and disruptive. She will demonstrate:
  • How innovations around open educational resources may actually perpetuate inequity
  • How OER facilitators can disrupt traditional ways of educating learners

Open Education Can Support "Land Back"
Jessie Loyer

Right now, Indigenous people are asking questions about how we can live well together and take care of each other; Indigenous youth articulate a simple call to action: "land back." How can open education contribute to "Land Back" and other Indigenous sovereignty movements? As well as an introduction to this concept, we will consider how Open Education creates tools in response to these issues, and ask how these tools might avoid tech solutionism and instead, might be used as tools for justice and liberation.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Loyer

Jessie Loyer

Librarian and Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Jessie Loyer is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She's a librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, on Blackfoot and Treaty 7 territory. Her research looks at Indigenous perspectives on information literacy, supporting language revitalization, and building capacity... Read More →
avatar for Jacquelyn Meshelemiah

Jacquelyn Meshelemiah

Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah is the Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. She is also the Director of Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and an Associate Professor in the College of Social... Read More →

Planners
avatar for Jasmine Roberts

Jasmine Roberts

Lecturer/Teaching Professor, The Ohio State University
Jasmine Roberts is an educator, speaker, writer and strategic communication professional. She joined the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2012, where she teaches upper level undergraduate courses in the areas of communication campaigns and strategic communication... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 4:00pm - 5:25pm EST
All Together
  Plenary, Keynote
 
Friday, November 13
 

12:00pm EST

Friday Plenary: The Future of OpenEd
Our opening plenary session focused on the question "What does open education mean to you?" In our final plenary session, we will focus on the question of "What is the future of open education?" While we will encourage participants to think about the question more broadly, the conversation will focus more specifically on the future of this conference and its role in supporting the open education field.

We will provide a short summary of our planning process so far, followed by a Mentimeter feedback exercise. After this, participants will have the opportunity to share their feedback verbally with conference volunteers in breakout rooms. Please come prepared to share your feedback with us so we can work to make future conferences the best they can be!

Friday November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:25pm EST
All Together
  Plenary, Plenary

2:00pm EST

Closing Reflections & Next Steps
In this brief final plenary session, the Steering Committee will provide reflections on the conference and next steps in its transition to a community-owned and community-governed event. It will also be a chance to recognize the hundreds of individuals who have been involved in making the conference a reality.

Planners
avatar for Akanksha Bhatnagar

Akanksha Bhatnagar

Communications & Public Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Akanksha is the Communications and Public Relaltions Officer with a national student lobby organization. Akanksha was also the 2019/20 President of the University of Alberta Students' Union and the 2018-19 Vice President Academic where she Chaired of the University of Alberta Open... Read More →
avatar for Amy Tan

Amy Tan

Dean, English and Communications, Houston Community College
avatar for Daniel Williamson

Daniel Williamson

Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Daniel Williamson manages the day to day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate, and passionate advocate of equity in education... Read More →
avatar for Danyal Hayat

Danyal Hayat

Manager Industrial Linkages & Technology Transfer, CECOS University
Danyal Hayat is an Engineer, Open Education advocate & a blogger who uses National/International platforms to run awareness campaigns & contribute to the Pakistani government policies being a stakeholder & member of the working groups in different policy making processes. Danyal has... Read More →
avatar for Emily Ragan

Emily Ragan

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Excited about reimagining effective education. Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and OER Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver
avatar for Ethan Senack

Ethan Senack

Chief of Staff, ISKME
avatar for Jasmine Roberts

Jasmine Roberts

Lecturer/Teaching Professor, The Ohio State University
Jasmine Roberts is an educator, speaker, writer and strategic communication professional. She joined the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2012, where she teaches upper level undergraduate courses in the areas of communication campaigns and strategic communication... Read More →
avatar for Lee Miller

Lee Miller

Director of Innovation and Compliance, Barton Community College
avatar for MJ Bishop

MJ Bishop

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Dr. MJ Bishop directs the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance USM's position as a national leader in higher education transformation. The Kirwan Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →
avatar for Regina Gong

Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
I'm the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU). I've had extensive experience leading an OER program from the ground up at a community college where I used to work, and now at a land-grant, research university. You can ask me... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Ellis

Spencer Ellis

Director of Educational Innovation, Colorado Department of Higher Education


Friday November 13, 2020 2:00pm - 2:25pm EST
All Together
  Plenary, Plenary
 
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