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Missouri A&OER Conference 2022

Virtual March 9-11, 2022

Daily Schedule

9:30-10:30 am Exploring Open Education Collaborations with CCCOER

Description The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) supports colleges across North America to advance the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources to improve teaching and learning. We collectively believe these practices enable equitable access and participation particularly for marginalized students while supporting faculty choice of openly licensed curriculum materials. As a community of practice, our members and their priorities drive our planning and professional development activities on topics such as open pedagogy, open course design, and how open education supports campus goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion and student engagement. Join Una Daly, Director of CCCOER and Theresa Flett, Director of Library Services, St. Charles Community College, to hear about upcoming engagement opportunities and to share your suggestions and ask questions about collaborations and aspirations.

Learning Objectives Hear about CCCOER’s professional development opportunities and how to get involved. Find out how to engage in collaborations with other member colleges across the U.S. Share your ideas for future “open” project collaborations .

Presenters: Una Daly and Theresa Flett


11:00-12:30 pm Charting the Path to Textbook Affordability

Keynote Presentation by Robert Butterfield

Bob Butterfield has been the Director of Instructional Resources for the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 2011.  As director, he leads the university operated textbook rental program, the campus digital resources program and the open educational resources program.  Bob has a long history of working with textbooks and textbook affordability and is experienced in the workings of inclusive access, open educational resources, textbook rental, and other textbook affordability approaches.  He is a vocal advocate for student textbook affordability in any form.  Bob has had the honor of working with the Open Education Network steering committee as well as the National Association of College Stores Government Relations Committee as well as many other national and state efforts.  He is a founding member of the “E”ffordability Summit, an annual affordability event held at UW-Stout, and the current chair of the Community For Open Wisconsin (COW).

In his keynote, Bob will discuss the many A&OER pathways that the University of Wisconsin-Stout has taken in order to help students have more affordable textbook options. 


2:00-3:00 pm Working along the Z Degree Path

DescriptionThis panel will discuss how Z Degrees are being implemented in both a single campus and a multi-campus setting. We will delve into how institutions funded these programs and if they have institutionalized this work. We will discuss the impact Z Degrees have on students and faculty in both the 2- and 4-year institutions represented by our presenters.

PanelDr. Tim Anderson, Minnesota State; Ms. Ann Fiddler, CUNY; Dr. Michael Mills, Montgomery College


3:30-4:30 pm Bookstore Panel 

Description: Bookstores are developing new course material programs that reduce overall course material cost and promote equity.  Hear from two stores leading the way on these initiatives.

Moderator: Dale Sanders, Director, UM Stores  

Presenters: Jason Lorgan, UC-Davis and Robert Jansen, Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

9:00 am -10:00 am Teaching Politics of a Decade using OER: The 1990s

Description:  In the Fall of 2019, I created a course: Politics of the 1990s. The course was designed without a template and required no textbook. One hundred percent of the course was taught with open educational resources. The course was taught as a capstone course to seniors with a major or a minor in political science. The course was taught again in the Fall of 2021. The purpose of the paper is to discuss my approach to the course along with challenges, successes, failures, and recommendations as it related to the use of open educational resources in this setting. Another primary purpose is to address teaching this course at a regional public university. The paper will also discuss student attitudes about the course. The paper includes data from a pretest and posttest completed by students in the Fall of 2021.

Learning Objectives OER sources. Challenges in using OER. Student perceptions of OER.

Presenter: James A. Newman


11:00 am -12:00 pm We’ve built an ark: Now you can get on board!

Description:  This presentation will discuss how the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park Mathematics department moved toward exclusive use of OER for course materials. We will address how this implementation took place on our campus and some of the obstacles to expanding the initiative to other campuses and departments at the College. We will also demonstrate some of the tools that we use most frequently in both synchronous and asynchronous settings.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will gain an understanding of the experience in the StLCC mathematics department with respect to the process for adopting OER, promoting greater use of OER among colleagues, and options for materials in STEM fields.

Presenters: H Michael Lueke & Brandy Englert,


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm A Book Revised

Description:  How two librarians formed a team of scholars (without a monetary incentive) to revise, reimagine and turn an old OER textbook into a new OER textbook. We'll dive into what we did and how we did it, as well as things to consider when revising an OER.

Learning Objectives: Present an order of operation for revising an OER. Learn tips and tricks for revising an OER of your own.

Presenters: Helena (Lena) Marvin & Judy Schmitt


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm A Texas Path to Advancing a Statewide Ecosystem for OER 

Description:  This presentation will give an overview of Advancing an Ecosystem for Open Educational Resources: OER in Texas Higher Education. This biennial survey and report is a collaboration between the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. The 2021 OER landscape survey was administered to all 158 two- and four-year public and independent, as well as 11 health-related, institutions across the state. The survey analysis, building on findings from the 2019 OER landscape survey, shows, among other insights, continued growth in commitment to OER across the state. Furthermore, about one-third of institutions across the state are beginning to provide comprehensive, systems-based supports for OER by engaging multiple offices and roles on campus. At the same time, the survey findings reveal insights into priority areas and challenges for some institutions as they work to advance OER adoption and use, including the importance of increasing both 1) faculty buy-in in and participation in OER professional learning in order to grow OER adoption, and 2) participation in statewide OER support initiatives. The report concludes by outlining opportunities for addressing existing barriers to OER scale, and for advancing the work being done by the state’s OER champions—including new collaboration, professional learning, funding, and curriculum development supports focused on building an OER ecosystem within and across Texas institutions. After this overview, attendees can share their own work and ideas to build an OER ecosystem in Missouri.

Learning Objectives Understand the landscape of Open Education, including opportunities and challenges, at postsecondary institutions in Texas. Identify benefits to institutions of adopting OER. Gain insights into building their own survey and analysis of Open Education at their institution and/or across Missouri.

Presenters: Judith Sebesta, Michelle Singh, and Kylah Torre

9 am- 10 am Provost Panel 

Description:  Three Provosts from across the state discuss their experiences with A&OER on their campuses. Join us to hear provosts discuss the role of textbook affordability in student success, challenges of A&OER efforts, and determining the success of A&OER programs. 

Presenters: Tracy McGrady, Rita Gulstad, Mike Godard

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Introducing Lantern: A multiformat OER Publishing Tool

Description Librarians play an essential role in the publishing of OER at colleges and universities, often providing technology services for the production, hosting, and archiving of OER. Lantern is a free and open-source digital publishing toolkit that provides workflows, templates, and instructions for publishing OER without the cost and sustainability concerns associated with repository systems and publishing platforms that are typically used. In addition to providing instructions OER publishing, Lantern also provides an entry-point to using open-source tools; no programming or command line knowledge is required to get started. Using Lantern’s step-by-step instructions, users can begin with an OER manuscript in Microsoft Word format and produce a static HTML website with multiple OER output formats entirely online (no software installation required). Lantern was developed with support from the Association of Research Libraries that provided funding for a multi-institutional Librarian Review Panel, whose feedback was incorporated in the toolkit’s initial release. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of Lantern, introduce minimal computing concepts, and invite the open education community to use Lantern on their next OER project.

Learning Objectives:  Presentation attendees will be able to apply the philosophy of minimal computing to library publishing technology decisions Presentation attendees will be able to identify the advantages of plain text for OER version control, distribution, and preservation Presentation attendees will be able to test a GitHub-based workflow for multiformat OER publishing

Presenters: Lauren McKeen McDonald and Chris Diaz


1:00 pm -2:00 pm  OER Policy: Accomplishments, Trends, and Opportunities

Description:  When leveraged strategically, public policy can incentivize and support the use of OER to make learning materials affordable and accessible to students. Efforts at the state and federal level by OER advocates have resulted in victories such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Textbook Pilot grant program and bills in state legislatures across the country. These steps forward would not have been possible without the continued work of librarians, faculty, and students on the ground making the case for OER. In this session, we will provide an introduction to recent OER policy and practical tactics OER stakeholders can utilize to further OER policy goals in Missouri. We’ll also share insight into what’s next for OER policy, including any efforts brewing in Congress and federal agencies, which states and policy trends to watch, and how participants can engage local policymakers on OER. The last half of the session will be dedicated to discussion between the presenters and the participants on policy opportunities in 2022 and beyond.

Learning Objectives:  1) Explain key developments in U.S. state and federal policy related to OER; 2) Articulate successful tactics and tools to advocate for policy in Missouri; 3) Identify opportunities to educate policymakers about the benefits of OER

Presenters: Katie Steen and Trudi Radtke