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Spend the day with us in Los Angeles on
Textbook Affordability Initiatives

March 2, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport

OLC went to Los Angeles to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. 

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Join us to discuss emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

Join your fellow online learning professionals, educators and administrators to hear from the experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with your regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career.  

Why is Leslie Kennedy so excited to be attending OLC Collaborate in Los Angeles? As a representative of Academic Sponsor California State University, we asked her to share with us what participants can expect from this event. This is what she told us:

1. Learn how your campus can increase your students’ academic success by participating in the OER movement,

2. Get the details on AB 798, the Textbook Affordability Act, and collect strategies on how to complete the RFP proposal, and

3. Discover the key open educational resource catalogs for a successful OER implementation on your campus.

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Member Pricing
Our one day event is only $115* for OLC members. Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $25 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date. If you are not able to attend, a substitute may attend in your place. The name of the substitute must be emailed to the conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Institutional Members
If your institution is a member, you must have an individual user account. Register as a free OLC Community Member and affiliate with your member institution.

Not yet a member?
Non-member fee is $175*. You will also receive a free, six-month OLC professional membership as a part of your registration so you can get to know OLC and our community better! Lunch is included in registration fee.

Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

We will take a deep look at the challenges and impact of online learning in higher education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

Textbook affordability is a national issue. The conference will provide presentations, templates, online resources, and facilitated planning activities for participants in any state and institution to learn and adopted/adapted for their textbook affordability programs. The leading programs and strategies being implemented in California can be models that you can apply to your own institution. The breakout sessions will focus on small group discussion between participants from state community colleges and 4 year institutions and privates), between participants in different regions (e.g. rural, suburban, and urban), and between participants at different stages of planning (e.g. just starting to plan to experienced implementing programs). Though especially beneficial to higher education in California, we have designed the conference to benefit any higher education institution.

Breakout Topics:
Participants will discuss strategies for developing academic senate resolutions that support the option of faculty choosing and using free and open educational resources in a timely manner and identify issues raised by such resolutions. Examples of academic senate policies will be provided along with templates for participants develop their own campus policy. Discussions will also include strategies for enabling academic senate policies to guide sustainable campus practices for textbook affordability initiatives.
Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by type of institution.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants from the California State University
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants from California Community Colleges
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants from private/ out of state/other institutions
Sarah Brady

California’s Textbook Affordability Initiatives: Understanding Legislation Goals and Requirements for Access to the $3 Million Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program

Dr. Sarah Brady

Legislative Staff Leader
for Assembly Bill 798 for Assemblywoman Bonilla

California has been a leader in ensuring affordable access to quality higher education. Recent legislation by Assemblywoman Bonilla (Assembly Bill 798) is providing the California Community Colleges and the California State University access to $3,000,000 for campus programs to support faculty learning about and adopting open educational resources which will significantly reduce to cost of the students’ course materials. The presentation will review and explain the goals and requirements for campus academic senate resolutions (representing the faculty’s support for the option of choosing free and open educational resources) and campus plans for achieving the financial savings for students while building sustainable campus support for faculty and students choosing and using free and open educational resources. The processes for developing the legislation that resulting in the support from the governor’s office, the California Department of Finance, and the California higher education systems and academic senates will also be presented.

Breakout Topics:
Participants will discuss textbook affordability objectives, especially those of AB 798, and the feasibility and benefits of different assessment methodologies for acquiring evidence of the impact of textbook affordability initiatives. Examples of textbook affordability objectives will be provided along with templates for participants develop their textbook affordability objectives. Exploring the online tools and resources for outcomes analytics will be included in the sessions.
Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by location, enabling discussions between institutions that share the same service area for students.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants from northern California
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants from southern California
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants from central California and other locations
Barbara Illowsky

Defining Objectives and Measuring Outcomes for Textbook Affordability Initiatives

Dr. Barbara Illowsky

Dean of Basic Skills &Open Educational Resources
CCC Online Ed Initiative (OEI)
De Anza College

Campuses planning and implementing a textbook affordability initiative will need to invest in staff time, financial resources, and institutional priorities. Evidence for how these investments are achieving their outcomes is essential for sustaining and improving a campus’ initiative. In addition, in order for a textbook affordability initiative to be successful, faculty and staff need to understand how such a project is much more than solely adopting free and low cost textbooks. They need to be educated on how open educational resources (OER) are used to improve student success, close the achievement gaps on campuses, and can be one of our most successful ways to achieve student equity by truly providing full access for our students to their education, right from the first day of a course.

Over two years ago, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) adopted a policy that all products developed via grants from the CCCCO are required to include a Creative Commons Attribution license. This license has already proven beneficial. The United States government already has similar policies. This presentation will share outcomes of replacing costly textbooks with open ones, state and national policies and bills that will lead to the increased student, as well as how to develop methodologies to study adoption of open and low cost textbooks. It will also focus on providing strategies for supporting the adoption of open textbooks and provide guidelines in adopting open textbooks with the CA community colleges.

Participants will discuss the readiness and program requirements for campuses implementing their textbook affordability initiatives. Participants will be provided examples of readiness and program requirements for textbook affordability initiatives along with templates for developing their campus plans. Participants will explore and discuss the available online libraries, tools, and resources that they can incorporate into their plans.
Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by campus readiness, enabling discussions between institutions that share issues for planning and implementing their textbook affordability initiative.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants wanting to start their textbook affordability initiative and need to develop a plan
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants whose campus has just started implementing their textbook affordability initiative
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants whose campus has implemented their textbook affordability initiative for more than a year
Gerry Hanley

Building Institutional Capacities for Sustaining Successful Textbook Affordability Programs

Dr. Gerry Hanley

Executive Director of MERLOT and Assistant Vice
Chancellor for Academic Technology Services
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Funding and policy resolutions are important ingredients for a campus textbook affordability program but to put the plans into practices, campuses need easy access to high quality, free and open educational resources that meet faculty and institutional requirements (e.g. accessibility requirements) and adaptable faculty professional development programs to support faculty learning to use the free and open educational resources. The presentation will demonstrate the available online libraries of free and open education resources, especially the California Open Online Library for Education (www.cool4ed.edu) which has free and open etextbooks for 50 courses taught in the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California. Different institutional models for supporting faculty and student development for the adoption and effective use of free and open educational resources will be presented, especially those that can be supported by funding from Assembly Bill 798.

Karen Pedersen

How will today’s textbook affordability initiatives impact our institutions in 2021?

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D.

Chief Knowledge Officer
OLC

Moderated by Karen Pedersen, OLC Chief Knowledge Officer, participants from the discussion sessions will be selected to share their ideas, plans, and predictions of the effects of the textbook affordability initiatives on different stakeholder groups (e.g. students, faculty, and staff) and campus operations (e.g. bookstores, libraries, learning management systems, business relationships with publishers, etc.). The General Session presenters will comment on the presentations as well. The panel will be open to questions from the audience concerning the plans and expected impacts of AB 798 on the California Community Colleges and the Cal State University.

 

Textbook Affordability Initiatives: Regional Discussions to Prepare for State Funding Opportunities

How can higher education in California continue to provide access to an excellent education at affordable prices? College textbook affordability Initiatives are one component of a broader strategy. The 2015 College Textbook Affordability Act (AB 798) provides the California Communities Colleges and the California State University a $3 million opportunity to save their 3 million students money on the cost of the course materials. The question is, how will these institutions successfully plan and implement programs that achieve the cost savings for students and the academic quality, academic freedom, and faculty professional development goals of the institution?

Participate in the regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Textbook Affordability Initiatives” and share in an open dialogue with other colleagues from around the region.

Keynote speakers will offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. This will bring together how the use of technologies, the dictate of economic realities, increasing regulatory oversight, the need for constant innovation, and new societal expectations of what colleges can and should be are bringing change to higher education.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. OLC Collaborate session archivists will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a collaborate regional response to the changing university.

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

WHEN 

WHAT

WHERE

7:45am-8:30am
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN, Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
Continental Ballroom Foyer
8:30am-8:45am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Continental Ballroom C/D
8:45am-9:15am
GENERAL SESSION:  Innovation and Regulation
California’s Textbook Affordability Initiatives: Understanding Legislation Goals and Requirements for Access to the $3 Million Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program 
Dr. Sarah Brady, Legislative Staff Leader for Assembly Bill 798 for Assemblywoman Bonilla
Continental Ballroom C/D
9:30am-10:15am
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Participants will discuss strategies for developing academic senate resolutions that support the option of faculty choosing and using free and open educational resources in a timely manner and identify issues raised by such resolutions. Examples of academic senate polices will be provided along with templates for participants develop their own campus policy. Discussions will also include strategies for enabling academic senate policies to guide sustainable campus practices for textbook affordability initiatives. Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by type of institution.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants from the California State University
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants from California Community Colleges
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants from private/ out of state/other institutions
(A) Napa / Sonoma – CSU
(B) Monterey / Mendocino – CCs
(C) Santa Barbara – Private/Out of State/Other
10:30am-11:00am
GENERAL SESSION: Outcomes Analytics
Defining Objectives and Measuring Outcomes for Textbook Affordability Initiative
Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Dean of Basic Skills & Open Educational Resources, CCC Online Ed Initiative (OEI), De Anza College
Continental Ballroom C/D
11:15am-12:00pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Participants will discuss textbook affordability objectives, especially those of AB 798, and the feasibility and benefits of different assessment methodologies for acquiring evidence of the impact of textbook affordability initiatives. Examples of textbook affordability objectives will be provided along with templates for participants develop their textbook affordability objectives. Exploring the online tools and resources for outcomes analytics will be included in the sessions. Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by location, enabling discussions between institutions that share the same service area for students.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants from northern California
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants from southern California
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants from central California and other locations
(A) Napa / Sonoma – Northern CA
(B) Monterey / Mendocino – Southern CA
(C) Santa Barbara – Central CA and other locations
12:00pm-1:00pm
LUNCH, TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE AND COLLABORATE PANEL IDEAS: Everyone provide suggested topics for final panel
Continental Ballroom C/D
1:00pm-1:30pm
GENERAL SESSION: Sustaining Capabilities
Building Institutional Capacities for Sustaining Successful Textbook Affordability Programs
Dr. Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Continental Ballroom C/D
1:45pm-2:30pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Participants will discuss the readiness and program requirements for campuses implementing their textbook affordability initiatives. Participants will be provided examples of readiness and program requirements for textbook affordability initiatives along with templates for developing their campus plans. Participants will explore and discuss the available online libraries, tools, and resources that they can incorporate into their plans. Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by campus readiness, enabling discussions between institutions that share issues for planning and implementing their textbook affordability initiative.

  • Breakout A – Napa/Sonoma: primarily for participants wanting to start their textbook affordability initiative and need to develop a plan
  • Breakout B – Monterey/Mendocino: primarily for participants whose campus has just started implementing their textbook affordability initiative
  • Breakout C – Santa Barbara: primarily for participants whose campus has implemented their textbook affordability initiative for more than a year
(A) Napa / Sonoma – Starting textbook affordability plan
(B) Monterey / Mendocino – Implementing textbook affordability plan
(C) Santa Barbara – 1yr+ into textbook affordability plan
2:45pm-3:45pm
OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Innovation Impacts: 2021
How will today’s textbook affordability initiatives impact our institutions in 2021?
Facilitator:

Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium
Panelists:
Dr. Sarah Brady, Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Dr. Gerry Hanley, Dr. Kathleen Ives
Continental Ballroom C/D
3:45pm-4:00pm
PROGRAM WRAP UP
OLC and CSU
Continental Ballroom C/D

General Sessions are 30 minutes long, followed by a 45 minute Breakout Session.  

Attendees will select one of three or four Breakout Sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There are 15 minute breaks between concurrent sessions.

All sessions are in the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport. All Sessions are in Pacific Time (PT).

Joining us for the day?  Come directly to Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport.

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90045

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This was one of the most interesting conference experiences I’ve ever had. The sessions were stimulating, the people were engaging, and there was a sense of community I haven’t seen at other conferences.

Kyle Johnson
Dean for Information Technology & Services
Chaminade University

Each year gets better and better and the opportunity to engage in conversations with online thought leaders is amazing.

Brenda M. Perea
Instructional Design Project Manager
Colorado Community College System