OER From Vision to Action


August 1-2, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Register Here (by 07/20)!

Open Educational Resources (OER) are gaining momentum in higher education. To build up regional partnerships and collaborations on OER, the first GWLA/Alliance OER conference themed “From Vision to Action” is here! If you are interested in or working on OER, please see more details below. To receive news about the conference, please subscribe to the conference listserv. Contact events@gwla.org with questions.

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Alliance) joint conference, "From Vision to Action, on Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education will take place August 1-2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.


***Please note schedule is subject to change.


8:00 am-9:00 amPick-up registration credentials
9:00 am-9:30 am Conference Opening
9:30 am-10:15 am Opening Envisioning Speaker: Nicole Allen, SPARC
10:15 am-10:45 am Break/Networking Time
10:45am-11:30 am Advocating Speaker: Teri Gallaway, LOUIS
11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch at Conversation Tables (Included in registration fee)
1:00 pm-1:45 pm Advocating Speaker: James Wiser, Community College Library Consortium
2:00 pm-2:30 pm Lightning Rounds-1st session:
Sarena Nguyen, Colorado School of Mines
Stan Trembach, University of Northern Colorado
2:30 pm-3:00 pmBreak/Networking Time
3:00 pm-3:45 pmActualizing Presentations-Session 1 (select 1)
A. “State and Legislative OER Panel”: Meg Brown-Sica, Colorado State University; Brittany Dudek, Colorado Community Colleges Online; Karen Danielson, Ph.D., Community College of Denver; Bruce Herbert, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station; Lily Todorinova, Rutgers University
B. “OER Incentive Programs: Reflection and Learning as You Go to Establish Approaches and Tactics for Campus Success”: Elaine Thornton, University of Arkansas; Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
C. “OER adoption: Moving Beyond Early Adopters and Empowering Everyone Else to Use the OER, Too”: Alice Anderson, Kansas State University; Sara K. Kearns, Kansas State University
4:00 pm-4:45 pm Actualizing Presentations-Session 2 (select 1)
D. “Building a Community of Practice: Strategies Developed by Librarians in the SPARC OpenEd Leadership Program Panel” Amanda Larson, Penn State University; Abbey Elder, Iowa State University; Elaine Thornton, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Grace Atkins, University of Missouri; Talea Anderson, Washington State University
E. “OER Lessons Learned: Three Institutional Perspectives” Cheryl Cuillier, University of Arizona, Cinthya Ippoliti, Oklahoma State University; Michael J. Whitchurch, Brigham Young University
F. “Quantifying an OER Program: Maintaining, Analyzing, and Reporting Data” Cody Taylor, University of Oklahoma
G. “Cross-Campus Collaborations for OER Success: Best Practices and Dialogs” Brittany Dudek, Colorado Community Colleges Online
5:00 pm-6:30 pm Conference Reception (Included in registration fee)


8:00 am-8:30 am Pick up registration credentials
8:30 am-9:00 am Welcome and Day 1 Recap
9:00 am-10:30 am Closing Envisioning Speaker: Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D., Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
10:45 am-11:30 am Lightning Rounds-2nd Session
Jeffrey Marzluft, University of Hawai'i, Maui
Abbey Elder, Iowa State University
Grace Atkins, University of Missouri
11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch at Conversation Tables (Included in registration fee)
1:00 pm-2:30 pm Collaborating Workshops (select 1)
“Open Pedagogy,” Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph. D, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"Beyond Baby Steps: Learning how to walk (or run) with your OER program", Rebel Cummings-Sauls, FALSC. Note: Participants should bring a laptop or other device to work on
TBD, Nicole Allen, SPARC
“Copyright, OER and CC Licenses 101”, Ethan Senack, Creative Commons
“OER Advocacy Crash Course,” Chealsye Bowley, Ubiquity Press
2:30-2:45 pm Break/Networking Time
2:45 pm-3:30 pm Action Items and Final Thoughts
3:30 pm Conference ends
Return to your institutions inspired and ready to light the OER fire on your campus!

Hotel Information

There is one hotel left allowing reservations for this conference for a few days only!

  1. Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown

  2. 1715 Tremont Place
    Denver, CO 80202
    Reservation portal


Additional Hotels:

Program Information

The planning committee invited proposals from librarians, administrators, and all others involved with OER, for presentations or panels (45 minutes), lightning rounds (7 or 15 minutes), and posters.

Presentation, panels, lightning rounds, and posters might address OER topics including but not limited to:

  • Successful initiatives and programs: methods and results
  • Flops and failures: lessons learned and suggestions for others
  • Securing resources such as funding, additional staffing, and staff release time
  • Identifying, engaging, and influencing partners and stakeholders
  • Practical aspects of developing initiatives and sustaining programs
  • Engaging students and student government/leaders
  • State-level policies and legislation
  • Overcoming challenges and obstacles
  • Best practices, standards, and shared solutions for metadata and discovery of OER
  • “Almost OER” hybrids that combine open and licensed content
  • Demonstration (non-vendor affiliated) of tools/software/strategies to promote the uptake of OER on campuses.
  • Sponsorship

    This conference is co-sponsored by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Alliance).

    Additional parties interested in supporting this event are encouraged and invited to contact sponsors@gwla.org to participate in the conference exhibits and to inquire about available conference sponsorship opportunities.

    Presenters must register to attend the conference. They are responsible for their costs to attend and present.


    The Colorado Alliance and Greater Western Library Alliance was pleased to offer four (4) scholarships for the upcoming conference: OER: FROM VISION TO ACTION.

    Two (2) scholarships were targeted towards current students in ALA accredited Library Science graduate programs. The other 2 scholarships were directed to library employees in a community college.

    The chosen applicants will have their registration fee for the 2-day conference (including lunch both days and the conference evening reception) WAIVED! Please note that all transportation and lodging costs are the sole responsibility of the scholarship winner(s).

    See you in Denver!

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