Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware, and More

Register now for this NISO Virtual Conference


Date and Time: Wednesday, April 19, 11:00am – 5:00pm.


The 21st-century educational environment demands a certain amount of rethinking and redesign of classroom support for learning—textbooks, information resources, and interactive courseware. An emphasis on cost-containment and accessibility suggests that education will become more open. This virtual conference will address the complexities of delivering instructional tools and digital resources in the increasingly open educational ecosystem. What is a textbook? Can it be engineered into an online learning environment, with content, study aids, and quizzes delivered as appropriate to create a personalized student experience? What is the long-term role of open course ware, as created by the likes of MIT or Yale? What does a growing interest in open educational resources (OER) suggest for the various stakeholders? What types of technological support may be necessary?


Preliminary Agenda with Confirmed Speaker Participants


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m
Opening Keynote: Current Status of OER in Higher Education
Confirmed Speaker: Mary Lou Forward, 
Executive Director, Open Education Consortium


11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Lessons & Learnings from the Gates Foundation’s Investments in Open Education within U.S. Higher Education

Confirmed Speaker: Rahim RajanSenior Program Officer, Gates Foundation


12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
Creating and Assessing OER Materials
Confirmed Speaker: Julie Lang, 
OER Coordinator, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State University


12:45pm -1:45pm   Lunch


1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  
Delivering Open Access Monographs

Confirmed Speaker: Rupert GattiFounder and Co-Director, Open Book Publishers


2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  
Delivering Open Courseware

Confirmed Speaker: Dr. David WileyFounder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning


2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. 
Open Textbook and Online Learning Materials

Confirmed Speaker: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC


3:15pm – 3:30pm Break


3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Cooperative Initiatives
Confirmed Speaker: Ashley Miller, 
Educational Technologist, Ohio State University


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Challenges and Barriers to be Addressed
Confirmed Speaker: Melissa Russell, 
Director of Content Strategy and Mike Matousek, Director of Content InitiativesCengage Learning


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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


NISO Virtual Conferences draw upon the expertise of information industry professionals working in a variety of settings, each supplying to the discussion a different perspective on the complexities of the modern information environment. Our 11am start time and two additional breaks provided during the course of the six-hour event allow registrants to listen to and benefit from a professionally-developed agenda while still being within call of daily workplace responsibilities.


About Registration: Purchase of a single registration entitles you to gather an unlimited number of staff from your organization/institution in a class- or conference room setting to view the event on the day of the live broadcast. It also includes access to an archived recording of the event to allow those with conflicting obligations to still benefit from the day’s content.

Finally, a registration to this virtual conference includes access to a follow-up Training Thursday webinar on April 27, devoted to the topic of discovery and assessment of open education resources. That webinar features Will Cross of North Carolina State University and Cheryl Cuillier of the University of Arizona. 


For details on registration costs and additional information provided by our speakers, please see the NISO event page.



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