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Archived Webinars & Workshops

Date: May 1, 2012
Presenters: Kate Hess, Kirkwood Community College; Dr. Robin Donaldson, The Orange Grove; and David Harris, Connexions and OpenStax College
Topic: Hear from a community college librarian, the director of a statewide open textbook project, and an open textbook publisher on best approaches for finding and selecting high-quality, accessible open textbooks and open educational resources to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom and expand access to education.
Archived Session | YouTube Video

Date: March 27, 2012
Presenters: James Glapa-Grossklag, Angela Seacrest, Tom Caswell, and Robin Donaldson
Topic: The presenters describe the initiatives on their campuses and in their states to support faculty, staff, and students in the creation and use of open educational resources to improve learning and expand access to education.
Archived Session | YouTube Video

Date: February 28, 2012
Presenters: Joe Moxley, Karen Langbehn, Quentin Vieregge, and Katelin Kaiser
Topic: Writing Commons provides free access to an award-winning college textbook that was initially published by a major publisher. Why should we ask students to pay $100 for a textbook when we can provide them with a free real-time resource like WritingCommons.Org? Writing Commons aspires to be a community for writers, a creative learning space for students in courses that require college-level writing, and a creative, interactive space for teachers to share resources and pedagogy. Listen to Joe Moxley, who directs the First-Year Composition Program at the University of South Florida (which was awarded the 2011/12 Certificate of Excellence by NCTE), founder and "Chief Executive of Openness" on the mission of Writing Commons. Karen Langbehn, Social Pedagogy Editor, discusses the comprehensive writing resources available for students and teachers. Quentin Vieregge, Managing Editor, shares how interested writers can make contributions to The Commons. Katelin Kaiser, an undergraduate student, reflects on the benefits she sees with an open and free composition book such as Writing Commons.
Archived Session

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Presenter: Nicole Allen, Textbook Advocate for the Student PIRGs and Director of the Make Textbooks Affordable campaign
Topic: In the national debate surrounding textbook affordability and adoption, the student voice often goes unheard. Listen to Nicole Allen, the national Textbook Advocate for the Student Public Interest Research Groups (Student PIRGs), and college students from around the nation as they discuss their initiatives to make textbooks affordable through the use of high-quality open textbooks and other cost-saving solutions. Learn what motivates students to become and stay involved, and how they impact teaching and learning along the way. Check out this lively discussion.
Archived Session

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Presenter: Joel Thierstein, Associate Provost, Rice University / Executive Director, Connexions
Topic:The presentation will give a brief description of Connexions to date and how it plans to transition from the periphery of education to the mainstream.
Archived Session

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Presenter: Eric Frank, Co-Founder and Director, Flat World Knowledge
Topic: With the emergence of disruptive new business models, higher education publishing is in a state of tremendous flux. The rise of high quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks challenges the current status quo and the traditional model of overpriced, inflexible and too-often revised textbooks. Eric Frank will discuss:
- Why Higher Education Publishing is failing to meet the needs of today's students, faculty, authors and institutions
- Emerging new textbooks based on openly licensed content
- Challenges and opportunities to building a sustainable new model of textbooks based on the economics of free.
Archived Session

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Presenters: Carl Stitz & Jeff Zeager, Authors, College Algebra, Precalculus
Topic: Professors Topic: Stitz and Zeager will talk about the 18-month process of writing a 900+ page Precalculus book, why they gave it away for free on the Internet, and their plans for the book and its website.
Archived Session

Date: Friday November 19, 2010
Presenters: Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, Editors, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing
Topic: This webinar discusses the principles behind and production processes of Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, an open textbook series for first year composition. Writing Spaces is a peer-reviewed edited collection which contains individually authored texts. The traditional proposal and peer review process employed by Writing Spaces not only gives the college teacher-as-author a line on her CV, one that should be more favorable to tenure and review committees than some other models of open textbook production, but also serves to build the ethos of the project within the open textbook movement.
Archived Session

Date: Tuesday November 9, 2010
Presenters: Steve Acker, Research Director, eText Ohio-OhioLINK/ The Ohio Board of Regents
Topic: In 2008, Ohio launched a textbook affordability initiative under the direction of Chancellor Eric Fingerhut. The value proposition of the textbook affordability strategic plan focuses on improving learning outcomes as well as reducing the cost of textbooks. The three strands of textbook affordability are: (1) working with traditional textbook publishers, (2) engaging in open educational resources initiatives, and (3) supporting digital literacy workshops and programs for both faculty and students. This presentation focuses on the OER (Open Educational Resource) strand of textbook affordability/learning outcomes. Dr. Acker discusses the rationale for the faculty innovator program and the faculty team OER authorship initiative; what he has learned to date; and where he hopes to move in the future.
Archived Session

Date: Wednesday November 3, 2010
Presenters: Mark Santee, Director of Marketing, and Jennifer Ferrali, Math Editor, WebAssign
Topic: Adopting an open text doesn’t mean having to forego the technology support offered by traditional textbooks. WebAssign, the market-leading online homework system for math and science, is now supporting key open texts with the same robust features and functionality that have supported over 600 textbooks from every major traditional publisher for the past 14 years. Learn how WebAssign can make adopting an open text an easy choice for you, and an affordable choice for your students.
Archived Session

Date: Wednesday October 27, 2010
Presenter: Brooke Turner, Partner Relations Representative, CK-12 FlexBooks
Topic: Learn about the CK-12 Foundation and its innovative FlexBooks – free, open, high quality digital textbooks to download, customize, print, or share. Explore FlexBooks and how they can solve the problems of heavy, rigid, expensive textbooks and limited access to flexible high quality content for K-12 and community college students. CK-12 FlexBooks support the latest technology.
Archived Session

Date: Thursday October 7, 2010
Presenters: Meredith Babb, Director, and Kara Schwartz, Acquisitions Editor and Digital Initiatives Coordinator, University Press of Florida
Topic: There are many challenges in "legacy" book publishing; however, add to those the infinite variety of products that can be created by easily adaptable open access books, and you can understand the seeming reluctance of publishers to embrace adaptable textbooks. In this webinar, two members of the University Press of Florida will discuss the "normal" challenges of textbook production as well as the complicated process of adapting existing books for open access use. The perception that it is no more complicated than a word processing "cut and paste" feature is part of the problem. How does a publisher create a book from a variety sources in varying formats that has a uniform look and pedagogy? University Press of Florida will discuss the actual production processes, how they can be modified to accommodate open access/ adaptable texts, the need for discreet editions and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) assignments, and what challenges lie ahead.
Archived Session

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Presenter: Bernie Poole, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Topic: Bernie discusses the various open textbooks that he has authored, including the 7th edition of Education in an Information Age plus issues related to his open textbook experience. In addition, he discusses his personal motivations, lessons learned, guidelines and personal benefits as an author of open textbooks.
Archived Session

Date: September 14, 2010
Presenters: James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Distance Learning Programs and Training, and John Makevich, Instructional Design Coordinator
Topic: College of the Canyons, with the generous support of a two-year FIPSE grant, is working to provide a solution to the high cost of academic materials for students.  We are developing ways to increase access to open educational resources within our OER content repository and other repositories, create new OER content to be housed within our repository, and define a model for academic content "playlists."  These playlists are essentially a way of taking OER objects and assembling them in a sequential order with transition materials in order to emulate the flow of content in a traditional textbook.  The benefits of playlists are to not only reduce the cost of access to learning materials, but also to actively compile otherwise individual objects into a cohesive and interactive academic outline. In this webinar, the presenters describe their progress thus far in the populating of their repository and some of the victories and challenges that have arisen.  In addition, they preview the early steps in content playlist development and indicate what work remains to be done in that area.  They also examine some of the other ways the materials can be disseminated to students, such as campus printing solutions.
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