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Textbook Affordability + Your Campus: Strategy, Data, and Sustainability

February 16, 2017 at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

Hosted by Academic Sponsor California State University

OLC is going to San Francisco to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. 

 

San Francisco

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.  

Spend the day with us in San Francisco.

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, three-month OLC professional membership (new members only; not applicable for renewals) as a part of your registration so you can get to know OLC and our community better! Details will be emailed post-conference. 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 one of the most pressing education issues of our time. 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. As more higher learning institutions delve into the textbook affordability landscape, it is becoming more important that there are spaces for sharing insights and best practices for navigating campus and state policies, developing effective program strategies, and utilizing outcomes data to make informed decisions. This conference will offer presentations, templates, online resources, and facilitated planning activities in these areas for participants from any state and institution to learn and adapt for their own textbook affordability programs. Learn more about the work that is happening across California institutions as models that you can apply to your own institution.

General presentations will be followed by facilitator-led breakout sessions that will allow you to delve into each topic in greater detail. Breakout sessions will offer small group discussions 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 program planning and execution (e.g. just starting to plan to experienced implementing programs). OLC Collaborate session archivists will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a regional response to the changing university. Though especially beneficial to higher education in California, we have designed the conference to benefit any higher education institution.

Breakout Topics:
Participants will be free to engage in discussions in breakout rooms organized by type of institution.

  • Breakout A – Reflection III: CSU Affiliates
  • Breakout B – Prism: Community College Affiliates
  • Breakout C – Glimmer: Private/Other Affiliates
Gerry Hanley

OER Innovations, Policies, and Large Scale Implementations

Dr. Gerry Hanley

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

The California Higher Education system has been leading the way in textbook affordability for years. Join Gerry Hanley as he reviews the legislative and policy landscape in the State of California related to textbook affordability which has enabled large scale programs and millions of dollars in student savings. His presentation will include the California Open Online Library for Education (www.cool4ed.org) community building and collection building services that are freely available, along with the recent AB 798 strategy to support campuses implementing their textbook affordability programs and applying for their next round of state funding in June 2018. The requirements of SB 1359 for campuses to identify the course sections where the course materials have zero cost will also be reviewed. Gerry will be joined by LeBaron Woodyard Ph.D., Dean of Educational Resources and Professional Development at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. LeBaron will highlight the CCC’s Zero-Textbook-Cost-Degree Initiative and how it is helping campuses achieve their textbook affordability goals. Participants will be prepared to discuss their campus-specific plans and how to leverage the free and open educational resources and services as well as bookstore services for their success in the breakout sessions.

Breakout Topics:
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 – Reflection III: Little or no experience in OER
  • Breakout B – Prism: Some experience in OER
  • Breakout C – Glimmer: Extensive experience in OER
TJ Bliss

Textbook Affordability and OER: A National Strategy

TJ Bliss, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Education
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Open Educational Resources (OER) have become a cornerstone to a wide range of textbook affordability programs across the nation. The Willian and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been on the forefront on the OER movement for almost 15 years and its investments are having significant impact across the nation, especially within higher education’s textbook affordability programs. Join TJ Bliss as he discusses the variety of strategies being used to promote and support OER adoption in higher education across the country as well as research findings on OER awareness and adoption that are being produced by Hewlett-supported projects. OER degrees are providing campuses opportunities to set measurable targets for significantly improving affordability of higher education. Dr. Bliss will provide an overview of the OER degree strategies being deployed across the nation, and in California in particular, and comment on the ever-increasing and critical need to measure the effectiveness of OER/textbook affordability program investments. Participants will be provided exemplary models that can be adopted and adapted on their campuses.

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 – Reflection III: Zero Degrees (academic impact)
  • Breakout B – Prism: Infrastructure to Support Sustainability (operational impact)
  • Breakout C – Glimmer: Strategies in course materials – paid or not paid? What is available on your campus? (financial impact)
Dianne Van Hook

Sustaining Textbook Affordability Programs for Long-term Student Success

Dr. Dianne Van Hook

Chancellor
Santa Clarita Community College District

College of the Canyons has moved OER from an idealistic discussion to concrete actions that benefit students and increase faculty collaboration. Over 40 courses use OER in lieu of commercial textbooks, saving students $1.5 million per year. Both the Academic Senate and Student Government have unanimously endorsed the use of OER. In August 2017, the College will launch an OER pathway in Sociology; by December 2017, the College will complete development of a CTE certificate in Water Technology. An overwhelming percentage of students who use OER in their classes report being very satisfied with OER. Dr Van Hook will describe how the College’s culture of innovation has enabled its OER initiative to be embraced across the institution in ways that make a concrete difference for students. In addition, Dr. Van Hook will make the case that OER should be seen as integral parts of student affordability, completion and equity initiatives.

Kathleen Ives

How will today’s textbook affordability initiatives impact our institutions in 2022?

Kathleen Ives, D.M.

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer 
Online Learning Consortium

Gerry Hanley

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

TJ Bliss

Program Officer, Education
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Dianne Van Hook

Chancellor
Santa Clarita Community College District

Moderated by Kathleen Ives, OLC Executive Director and CEO, 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.

 

Making Textbook Affordability Programs on Your Campus Work

Participate in the regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Making Textbook Affordability Programs on Your Campus Work” 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?

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

WHEN 

WHAT

WHERE

7:30am-8:15am
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN, Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Reflection Prefunction Area
8:15am-8:30am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Reflection III
8:30am-9:15am
GENERAL SESSION: OER Innovation and Implementations
OER Innovations, Policies, and Large Scale Implementations
Dr. Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Reflection III
9:30am-10:15am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout A – Reflection III
  • Breakout B – Reflection Prism
  • Breakout C – Glimmer
(A) Reflection III
(B) Prism
(C) Glimmer
10:30am-11:00am
GENERAL SESSION: Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
Textbook Affordability and OER: A National Strategy
TJ Bliss, Ph.D., Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Reflection III
11:15am-12:00pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout A – Reflection III
  • Breakout B – Prism
  • Breakout C – Glimmer
(A) Reflection III
(B) Prism
(C) Glimmer
12:00pm-1:00pm
LUNCH AND COLLABORATE PANEL IDEAS: Everyone provide suggested topics for final panel
Reflection III
1:00pm-1:30pm
GENERAL SESSION: Sustaining OER Resources for Student Success
Sustaining Textbook Affordability Programs for Long-term Student Success
Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor, Santa Clarita Community College District
Reflection III
1:45pm-2:30pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout A – Reflection III
  • Breakout B – Prism
  • Breakout C – Glimmer
(A) Reflection III
(B) Prism
(C) Glimmer
2:45pm-3:45pm
OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Innovation Impacts: 2022
How will today’s textbook affordability initiatives impact our institutions in 2022?
Facilitator:

Kathleen Ives, CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium
Panelists: Dr. Gerry Hanley, Dr. TJ Bliss, Dr. Dianne Van Hook
Reflection III
3:45pm-4:00pm
PROGRAM WRAP UP
OLC and CSU
Reflection III

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

Attendees will select one of three 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 Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront. All Sessions are in Pacific Time (PT).

Joining us for the day?  Come directly to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront.

Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront, 600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame CA 94010

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If you are an education technology or distance learning company, this intimate one-day session will give you the chance to collaborate with educators, administrators, and online learning professionals – your potential clients in discussion forums, at lunch and in our small exhibitor showcase. 

To learn more, contact our Manager, Sponsorship Sales, Brenda Weiss-Pesta by email, brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or by phone, 617.716.1417.

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This is the only meeting where we can collaborate with and talk to folks doing the same good work we are in Affordable Learning Solutions.

Laura Sederberg
CSU Chico

The OLC conference was fast-paced and on topic, with the right balance of presentation, break-out sessions, and networking.

Aline Soules
California State University, East Bay