California: Help Define How OER Impacts Future Institutions


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The next iteration of OLC’s roving regional event, OLC Collaborate, is fast approaching and lands in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, February 16th. Exploring the topic “Textbook Affordability + Your Campus: Strategy, Data, and Sustainability,” this one-day event will bring together educators and administrators from a variety of institutions who are working to bring meaningful change to the field. While it’s just a single day of discussions, we’ll cover many top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career.  

We’re very excited about the line-up of speakers we have scheduled.

  • Dr. Gerry Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at California State University, Office of the Chancellor, kicks off the day by reviewing California’s legislative and policy landscape related to textbook affordability.  Gerry will highlight how the California Higher Education system has enabled large scale programs and millions of dollars in student savings.
  • We’ll also have a featured presentation by Dr. TJ Bliss, a Program Officer, Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. TJ will look at a variety of strategies used to promote and support OER adoption across the country. He’ll also present research findings on OER awareness produced by projects supported by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Also, Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor of the Santa Clarita Community College District, reveals the culture of innovation enabled California’s College of the Canyons to embrace an OER initiative in ways that make a real difference for their students and their faculty.

Following each presentation, attendees will be invited to participate in facilitator-led breakout sessions that will allow everyone to explore the topic in greater detail.

Towards the end of the day, Gerry, TJ, and Dianne will join OLC Executive Director and CEO, Kathleen Ives, on a panel to share predictions of how tomorrow’s institutions will be impacted by today’s textbook affordability initiatives.

We invite you to explore current and emerging trends while joining friends, colleagues, thought-leaders, and regional peers to collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education. Lunch will be served, and all sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

OLC Collaborate San Francisco will take place on February 16th at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront. If you plan to stay overnight, rooms are available at the special attendee rate of just $199+/night.

Learn more and register to attend.

And whether or not you attend, follow the Twitter hashtag #OLCCollaborate to keep up on happenings during the San Francisco event.

Special thanks to the following event sponsors:

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