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Ohio Affordable Learning Summit 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Don’t miss OhioLINK’s Affordable Learning Summit on August 1 and 2, hosted by Ohio Dominican University. This event is provided at no cost to attendees. 
We’ll explore textbook affordability from multiple angles, including OER, inclusive access and library-led initiatives. You’ll learn from experienced panelists from Ohio colleges and universities, with ample time given for questions and answers. Additionally, this is an ideal opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from around the state, share your knowledge, and learn new approaches to affordable learning strategies on other campuses. 
See a detailed agenda below. Attend one day or two—it’s up to you. Meals and refreshments will be provided. Register below.

Ohio Affordable Learning Summit – August 1st and 2nd, Ohio Dominican University

9:00am                                       Registration
9:30am                                       Welcome and Introductions
9:45am - 10:45am                      Keynote - Nicole Finkbeiner, Rice University, OpenStax


10:50 am                                   Saving Students Money with Quality OER and Library Resources

       at ODU (Panel, Ohio Dominican University)

                                        Faculty and Librarian Panel: Martin Brick, Anna Davis, Ken Fah,

                                        Lindsey Mason, Tim Sandusky, Michelle Sarff, Kelsey Squire, Anjel



11:50 am                                  Affordable Learning at Cleveland State University Through the

                                                 Eyes of Students, Faculty & Staff (video)


12:00pm - 1:00pm                    Lunch & Networking
1:00pm - 1:50pm                      Session 1 Breakouts


  1. No OER? No problem!

Carla Myers, Miami University


  1. Sustaining Your Affordable Learning Ecosystem

Steve Kaufman, Sean Kennedy, Aimee DeChambeau, University of Akron


  1. Learn How to Use the Ohio Open Ed Collaborative and the OhioLINK Open Course Content Library

Anna Bendo, OhioLINK, Amanda Postle and Ashley Miller, Ohio State University, Melinda Boland and Michelle Brennan, ISKME/OER Commons


  1. Incentive and Support Models to Encourage OER

Rachel Dilley and Amy Popovich, Columbus State Community College

2:00pm - 2:50pm                    Session 2 Breakouts


  1. What do OER Librarians Need to Know? Lessons Learned from the Certificate in OER Librarianship

Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University


  1. OpenStax Institutional Partner Program

Nicole Finkbeiner, Rice University/OpenStax


  1. Tracking the Success of Affordable Learning Efforts

Lindsey Mason and Michelle Sarff, Ohio Dominican University


  1. Open and Closed: Combining Open and Proprietary Class Materials

Joe Nowakowski, Muskingum University, Steve Kaufman, University of Akron, Mark Konecny, University of Cincinnati

3:00pm - 3:30pm                    Round Tables on Affordable Learning Topics
Topics could include: Publishing, Grant programs, Copyright and
Licensing, Course redesign


9:00am - 9:30am                Registration

9:30am - 9:45am                Welcome and Introductions

9:45 am– 11 am                  A Journey Through Inclusive Access with Wright State University

In two years, Wright State has taken an inclusive access pilot and expanded it into a program that will save students $1,000,000 across more than 200 courses, from fall 2019 and each semester going forward. Learn from Wright State’s success, including how IA offers students savings while encouraging success—without interfering with faculty ability to determine course materials. Includes Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Dr. Dan Krane, Former Faculty Senate President and Interim Dean for WSU Lake Campus

Jennifer Gebhart, Barnes & Noble Bookstore Manager

Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Ivan Mallett, Current WSU Student Government Association President

Amanda Steele-Middleton, WSU Registrar

Daniel Palmer, Former WSU Student Government Association President


11am – 12:15pm                It Takes a Village:  Making Course Materials Affordable at Ohio University

Faculty and staff from Ohio University will share the wide array of approaches individuals and units are taking to reduce the costs of course materials for students.  Administrators will share information about services and programs, including support for OER adoption and creation, implementing inclusive access, and incentivizing faculty through our partnership with education software provider, Top Hat.  Faculty will share their practical experiences with these initiatives – what worked (and didn’t) in both course development and in the classroom. Includes Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Kelly Broughton, Assistant Dean for Research and Education, University Libraries

William Condee, Ping Professor of Humanities, School of Interdisciplinary Arts

Christopher Guder, Subject Librarian for Education, University Libraries

Angela Hillman, Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Eszti Major-Rohrer, Service Owner, Office of Information Technology

Juli Miller, Lecturer, Department of Social and Public Health           

12:15pm - 1:15pm            Lunch and Networking, Ohio Dominican University Student Success Center

1:30pm –2 :30pm   Barriers to Entry: Effectively Working with Bookstores to Implement Inclusive Access

Learn best practices, as well as challenges, to navigating inclusive access implementation through your college bookstore—what questions to ask, where to go for information, what knowledge to acquire ahead of time, and how to make the implementation process as easy as possible for all involved. Includes Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Gwen Evans, Executive Director, OhioLINK

Jennifer Becker, Executive Director, Partnerships, McGraw-Hill | Higher Education

Mike Leichman, Key Account Manager, Cengage

Kellie Ranum, Ohio Account Manager, VitalSource

Cody Lopez, Regional Sales Manager, Central Region, RedShelf

Jennifer Gebhart, Barnes & Noble Bookstore Manager, Wright State University

Kevin Poindexter, Course Materials Manager, University of Dayton

Lindsey Mason, Director of Faculty Services, Ohio Dominican University


2:30 –3:30 pm How It All Fits Together: An Inclusive Approach to Affordable Learning

Everyone talks about a multi-faceted strategy, but what does that look like? Learn from panelists who have been deeply involved in all aspects of deliverable affordable textbooks, including open educational resources, library-focused initiatives and inclusive access. Participants will discuss how to develop and implement a hybrid and collaborative approach to affordable learning—from working with faculty and communicating a strategy campus-wide, to the power of your library in supporting student success. Includes Q&A with the audience.

Jennifer Becker, Executive Director, Partnerships, McGraw-Hill | Higher Education

Anna Bendo, Director of Affordable Learning, OhioLINK

Kelly Broughton, Assistant Dean for Research and Education, Ohio University Libraries

Anna Davis, Associate Professor & Department Head, Mathematics, Ohio Dominican University

Gwen Evans, Executive Director, OhioLINK

Michelle Sarff, Director of Library Services, Resources, and Outreach, Ohio Dominican University



There is no cost for this event. Coffee, lunch and a light snack will be provided each day.

Please contact Anna Bendo (abendo@ohiolink.edu) with questions regarding the Ohio Affordable Learning Summit.

Event Location:

Ohio Dominican University
Erskine Hall & James A. Griffin Student Center
1216 Sunbury Rd
Columbus, OH 43219

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