by: Dr. Denise Coté, Professor & Reference Librarian, College of DuPage
On November 30, 2018, the College of DuPage and the College of Lake County hosted the first Summit on OER for Illinois Community Colleges. The event was attended by over 200 community college faculty, administrators, librarians, and staff from 30 colleges from across the state. The goal of the meeting was to begin developing relationships and to promote interest in statewide efforts around textbook affordability. We were fortunate to have four excellent speakers and a virtual visit from Senator Dick Durbin. The meeting was opened with rousing addresses by Dr. Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage and Dr. Ali O’Brien, Vice President of Educational Affairs at the College of Lake County.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Young, gave a motivating and informative talk entitled “When One Door Closes…” Dr. Young discussed how OER adoption can transform the educational experience for our students and create an environment for institutional change. Amy Hofer presented on estimating student savings from textbook affordability initiatives. Ms. Hofer used examples from her work in Oregon to illustrate how student savings could be calculated and how this information can be used to make a persuasive case for OER adoptions. In her presentation, “Scaling OER for Impact,” Ms. Nicole Finkbeiner shared information about Rice University’s OpenStax initiative and discussed the impact of OER on students and institutions of higher education nationwide. Ms. Una Daly gave an update on the activities of the most excellent CCCOER and moderated an entertaining and instructive panel session, “OER: Lessons Learned.” The panelists, which included faculty, administrators, and librarians, discussed their experiences with promoting and adopting OER at their institutions.
Drs. Page Wolf and Denise Coté closed the Summit by announcing the creation of a new email listserv hosted by the Illinois Community College Board to continue the conversation in Illinois. The focus of initial conversations will be to determine how Illinois might develop a statewide survey on textbook affordability that can be shared with Illinois lawmakers and College leaders.
The archive of the Illinois Community College Summit on OER includes videos, presentation slides, photographs, poster sessions, and other artifacts from the event. The Archive is available through the College of DuPage digital repository: https://dc.cod.edu/ilccoer/2018/