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Thursday, November 7 • 11:15am - 11:40am
Global Open Textbook Projects - Pathways to Adoption

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In this session, leaders of 5 open textbook projects, a student advocate of open policy and a global leader in open policy will describe the adoption efforts undertaken by each of their projects and organizations. Each group has spent considerable efforts encouraging and advocating for adoption, and the details of those efforts will be described. In addition, the groups will speak to their methods for collecting adoption data, and to actual adoption of their content to date. In addition, the broader context of adoption and collaboration across the Commons will be discussed with a view to understanding how the development of collaborative relationships can help drive reuse and higher quality instructional resources.

Mary Burgess of the BC Open Textbook Project will discuss how she and her team are working to produce 40 Open Textbooks on a restricted budget and tight timeline. She will describe their work engaging faculty and student groups across the British Columbia Post Secondary System, efforts to make adoption and reuse easier for those groups, and how adoptions are being tracked.

Cable Green of Creative Commons will discuss how open policies, like those in British Columbia and California, are ensuring publicly funded resources are openly licensed. He will describe the global opportunity for governments and projects to collaborate to maximize the quality and quantity of OER.

David Harris, Editor in Chief, for OpenStax College will introduce the lessons learned from OpenStax College. OpenStax College has a rapidly growing adoption base of more than 175 institutions. David will discuss the strategies required for taking OER into the mainstream and the emerging interest in localized OER content.

Megan Beckett, Content Coordinator for Open Textbooks at Siyavula Education, will discuss their unique position as the South African government has printed the Siyavula textbooks for the whole country, thus jump starting the adoption of open textbooks in the K-12 sector. Megan will also discuss some ideas about engaging the community in the development of open textbooks which in turn feeds back into their adoption and widespread use.

David Ernst, Chief Information Officer, College of Education and Human Development, and Executive Director of the Open Academics project at the University of Minnesota, will discuss common barriers to open textbook adoption by faculty and how the Open Academics project is working to help overcome those barriers.

Nicole Allen of the Student Public Interest Research Groups will discuss how students and other members of the campus community can drive OER adoption and advocacy through grassroots efforts.

Connie Broughton of the Washington Open Course Library will discuss the project recently completed in which 81 open courses were created, including many open textbooks. She will detail their efforts to increase and track adoption during the creation of the resources and following the completion of that phase of the project.

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Nicole Allen

Hi! I'm Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC and part of the Organizing Committee of OpenCon 2016. My day job is leading SPARC's work on Open Education, including advocating for U.S. federal and state policy, supporting on-campus efforts to advance OER through academic libraries, and international advocacy for open education through the Open Government Partnership. I also help out with organizing OpenCon by coordinating the application and review process, and logistics for attendees. I've been working to advance open education since I graduated university about ten years ago (even before), and have a background in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.

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Megan Beckett

Lead Instructional Design, Siyavula
I very much believe in exploring the intersection of maths, science, art and design and the resulting possibilities once we break down the traditional barriers between these areas, and the barriers to education. I think this is especially true in engaging and inspiring young minds and making STEM education accessible and relevant. This can be achieved through innovative technology, inspired pedagogy and embracing an open, collaborative culture... Read More →
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Mary Burgess

Executive Director, BCcampus
Open Education, Teaching and Learning, Educational Technology
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David Ernst

Executive Director, Open Textbook Network
Dr. David Ernst is graduate faculty, Chief Information Officer, and Director of the Center for Open Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. David is also the Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network, which works to improve higher education access, affordability, and academic success for all students through the use of open textbooks. David created and manages the Open Textbook Library... Read More →
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Cable Green

Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Cable is an "Open Education & Policy" guy. Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, OER, open policies, and open pedagogy to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain all the education they desire.
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Mark Jenkins

Director, eLearning and Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Thursday November 7, 2013 11:15am - 11:40am

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