LibreTexts is happy to sponsor the second annual Cal OER Conference to be held virtually August 3-5, 2022. Cal OER will focus on OER efforts and impact, broadly defined, across the state of California and especially across the state’s three public higher education systems, the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California. While the focus is on open education in California, advocates of OER and open education from across the country are invited to join the conversation. Full schedule listed below (subject to change). All times PST.
Wednesday, August 3
Opening General Session 9:30 am – 9:45 am
Opening Keynote 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Didn’t See That Coming: Lessons Learned from the SUNY OER Services
Associate Director of Libraries, Scholarly Communications and Museums for Ithaka S+R
Breakout Session I 11:00 am – 11:45 am Wednesday, August 3
The Exploration of In-Context Student Annotation to Drive Revision and Improvement of Open Educational Resources
Mary Aina; University of California (UC), Davis
Marc Facciotti; UC, Davis
Caidon Iwuagwu; UC, Davis
Kamali Sripathi; UC, Davis
In this presentation, the use of social annotation as a tool for student-directed revision and improvement of an introductory biology text will be described. The use of social annotation in the LibreTexts platform and how this approach can influence both student engagement with and learning of course content will be discussed.
A Textbook Affordability Toolkit: Efforts to Increase Accountability
Daisy Muralles; California State University (CSU), East Bay
Aileen Revilla Rosas; CSU, East Bay
The CSU-EB Affordable Learning Solutions Coordinator and OER Library Student Ambassador will present a textbook affordability toolkit to help academic departments make it a practice to identify zero-cost course materials (ZCCM) courses, low-cost course materials (LCCM) courses, and courses that are candidates for adopting OERs, to help the department reckon with the ongoing textbook affordability issues their students are facing.
Breakout Session I 11:00 am – 11:45 am Wednesday, August 3 (continued)
Read to Learn: OER Text-Based Activities for STEM
Melissa Graham; Oxnard College
Sue Lee; Santa Monica College
Becky Talyn; CSU, San Bernardino
Linda Zarzana; American River College
Providing zero-cost texts is only the beginning. We also need to plan activities and assignments around those texts. This panel will feature CSU and CCC Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) instructors who have shared text-based activity plans on a new website that help students to grapple with important disciplinary concepts.
Using OER to Integrate Culturally Diverse and Relevant Examples
Susan Johnson; Compton College
Eunice Kang; Compton College
Gayathri Manikandan; Compton College
Airek Mathews; Compton College
OER supports faculty aiming to integrate culturally diverse and relevant examples through open pedagogy and the development of resources that reflect the diversity of students. Compton College is known as a “historically black” college and was recently recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Educational research data seems to point to improved student outcomes when faculty connects the subject to real-world examples that span diverse communities and cultures. In this panel, the teaching faculty provides initial findings that correlates higher student engagement with the subject materials when faculty spotlights diverse representation of leaders in the field and issues that reflect the background and interest of the students. In addition, we will discuss Compton College’s campus-wide goals for moving toward 85-100% OER and why/how it benefits students. We will also highlight the activities we have done to maintain OER quality and faculty training.
Amplifying the Impact of OER and ZTC on Students: A Pilot Survey and Video Project from California Community Colleges
David Betancourt; Cerritos College
Heather Dodge; ASCCC OERI
Amanda Taintor; Reedley College
Presenters from the ASCCC OERI Student Voices Project will share results from their pilot student survey and student videos measuring the impact of textbook costs on educational decisions and impressions students have of ZTC/OER courses. Participants will leave with a toolkit and ideas for envisioning a similar project at their institutions.
Breakout Session II 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Wednesday, August 3
Promoting Mastery Through Adaptive Learning
Rajee Amarasinghe; CSU, Fresno
Earvin Balderama; CSU, Fresno
Hubert Cecotti; CSU, Fresno
This presentation will describe the adaptive learning tool we have been developing for students to learn college algebra and pre-calculus. The presentation will include how this learning tool integrates OER resources and a simple knowledge map to create a mastery learning path for students.
Advancing Chicanx and Latinx Studies in OER, y qué?
Amber Rose Gonzalez; Fullerton College
Mario Espinoza-Kulick; Cuesta College
Lucha Arévalo; Rio Hondo College
Ethnic Studies is experiencing momentous growth in California becoming a graduation requirement at the CSU, CCC, UC, and high schools. As part of the ongoing Ethnic Studies movement, five faculty will create the OER textbook New Directions in Chicanx and Latinx Studies, which will be discussed in this interactive panel.
Making Education Affordable for Students: Establishing a S.C.O.R.E Program at Cal State LA
Jayati Chaudhuri; CSU, Los Angeles
Sarah Baker; CSU, Los Angeles
The CSULA Library implemented a pilot program to provide students with greater access to high-quality affordable learning materials. A stipend was given to faculty who completed three self-paced workshops and developed a course using only OER or zero-cost materials. Presenters will discuss faculty feedback and plans to expand this program.
What it takes: Successful Open Publishing Programs
Amy Song; Pressbooks
I will talk about the challenges, successes, and surprises involved in growing open publishing programs, and share examples and resources along the way. The goal of the session is to share practical advice derived from real life experiences to lower the barrier for starting an open publishing program.
Breakout Session III 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 3
Political Science and OER
Josh Franco; Cuyamaca College
Every 5 years, Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) are reviewed by a Faculty Discipline Review Group (FDRG). Since mid-2020, the FDRG for Political Science has surveyed colleagues and discussed the TMC. This presentation will examine the updated TMC, updated Course Descriptors, and new Course Descriptor through the prism of OER.
LibreTexts and the Actualization of Leggi-AMO, a Multidimensional and Cross-Discipline Italian language Course.
Rossella Pescatori; El Camino College
LibreTexts offers the possibility to collaborate not only with different authors, but also with different disciplines creating knowledge bridges that empower students. During this demonstration, I’ll show how Italian can be aligned to other romance languages (in particular French), and how connections can be made to other disciplines (e.g., art history, political science, engineering).
“@ Cost?” or “No Cost?” What About OER Faculty Cost? The Value of OER for Retention, Tenure and Promotion
Elaine Correa; CSU, Bakersfield
Alexander Reid; CSU, Bakersfield
The value of OER for retention, tenure, and promotion is considered in our pilot study, that focuses on the challenges of utilizing new modalities for teaching and learning to address changes in institutional practices within of higher education during a global pandemic.
Saddleback College: Building ZTC/OER Momentum
Nicole Major; Saddleback College
Jennifer Pakula; Saddleback College
The OER/ZTC movement has grown exponentially at Saddleback. Join us for a presentation on how we started with only six OER faculty and advanced OER/ZTC on our campus to now offer over 28 ZTC Degree/Certificate Pathways. Topics include: beginning stages, building relationships around campus, stipends, marketing, and data.
Breakout Session IV 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Wednesday, August 3
Using Machine Translation Algorithms to Effectively generate Non-English language OER Textbooks
Delmar Larsen; LibreTexts
Ethan Turneer; LibreTexts
This presentation outlines our recent efforts of leveraging the centralized corpus of OER textbooks hosted on the LibreTexts platform toward a greater global impact. We will discuss the implementation and impact of two approaches in building non-English language OER textbooks via modern machine translation algorithms. Key to these approaches is recognizing that while modern machine translation algorithms have developed significantly over the past few years and they are still 90-95% perfect, their implementation makes them far more useful to students than the alternative human implemented translation effort at 100% implemented at a limited scale and with significant costs.
The Koral Online Grading System for Introductory Physics and Chemistry
Peter Taborek; UC Irvine
We will describe and demonstrate the features of the Koral open source web-based grading platform. Instructors can make assignments by choosing from libraries of thousands of questions associated with standard OpenStax textbooks, or they can generate their own custom problems using a user-friendly composition tool.
Assessing OER Impact and Efficacy Using Basic Metrics: Student Cost Savings and Successful Course Outcomes
Jason Stone; Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
Breeman Ainsworth; Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
Dorothy Weaver; Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
The Liberal Arts Division at OSU-OKC adopted OERs across major general education courses from 2017-2021. Student cost savings and successful course completion data across the general education enrollments will be shared, insights will be analyzed, and recommendations for how to assess OER adoptions will be shared. OSU-OKC’s OER adoption best practices ‘secret sauce’ will be revealed.
Growing Open Education Programs with a Social Justice Lens
Una Daly; CCCOER, Open Education Global
Andi Adkins-Pogue; Cosumnes River College
Rowena Bermio; West Hills Community College
Jim Julius; MiraCosta College
Community colleges were the hardest hit sector of public higher education during the pandemic. Enrollment dropped as students’ lives were disrupted but many faculty adopted OER to help students persist. Join our panel of CCCOER colleges to hear how open education transformed classrooms to be more equitable and socially just.
Thursday, August 4
California Higher Education System Updates 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Breakout Session V 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Thursday, August 4
Adopting MyOpenMath in STEM courses
Emilie Hein; Skyline College
MyOpenMath (MOM) is a free and openly-licensed homework system, not limited to math courses! It has already been adopted by faculty in physics and other STEM disciplines. This session will present an overview of MOM, how to get started with the system, explore content, and create new assessments.
Facilitated Teamwork for OER Development – Lessons Learned
Shagun Kaur; ASCCC OERI
Suzanne Wakim; ASCCC OERI
Having identified a need for the development of an OER, how do you identify a team of faculty to create that OER? Join us for a discussion of how a faculty-led initiative developed a process for team OER creation – and the lessons learned through this endeavor. How do you maximize the likelihood of success when developing a text “by committee”?
The Open for Antiracism (OFAR) Program Year 3 Plans
Una Daly; CCCOER, Open Education Global
James Glapa-Grossklag; College of the Canyons
Launched in 2020, OFAR engages faculty in transforming their classrooms to be antiracist through adopting OER and open pedagogy. Entering its third year, OFAR will continue to focus on institutional impact along with a new focus on student leadership. Join us to hear how to get involved.
ZTC Gap Analysis, High Wage, High Demand Fields—Bay Area Community Colleges
Amee Godwin; ISKME
Sarah Harmon; College of San Mateo
Elle Dimopoulos; College of Marin
Are you considering how your institution can develop ZTC pathways in high-wage high-growth fields? This session will share results from this first-time study that links occupational data to OER considerations, have participating colleges share their reactions and reflections, and lead an engaging discussion with the audience.
Interim Keynote 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Thursday, August 4
OER Beyond the Dollar
Angela Haydel DeBarger; Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Rajiv Jhangiani; Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Brock University
Joy Shoemate; Director of Online Education, College of the Canyons.
Kyra Karatsu; Online Education Resources/Zero Textbook Cost Specialist and student, College of the Canyons.
Breakout Session VI 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Thursday, August 4
From Framework to Practice: The State University of New York’s Approach for Sustained Success
Tony DeFranco; SUNY OER Services, State University of New York
SUNY partnered with rpk Group to provide a way for campuses to think about sustaining innovation around OER. The sustainability framework contains key components to scale this innovation
Questions, Questions: Student-Created Practice Sets and Their Applications
Sue Lee; Santa Monica College
Practice problems are an ideal way to study for STEM. However, finding free and/or useful practice problem can be difficult. In this presentation, we will discuss how students creating their own practice problems not only provides students with an OER, but also provides students with the opportunity to evaluate/create.
Collaborating for Change: Reflections on Launching the California Alliance for Open Education (CAopenEd)
Jaime Hannans; CSU, Channel Islands
Alicia Virtue; CSU, Channel Islands
Janet Pinkley; CSU, Channel Islands
Thomas Clobes; CSU, Channel Islands
Jacob Jenkins; CSU, Channel Islands
This presentation reflects on the process of launching the California Alliance for Open Education (CAopenEd), including: (1) Background, (2) Development, and (3) Reflections. Attendees will glean an insider’s perspective on establishing one of the first California statewide initiatives for open education, as well as ways in which they can become more actively involved.
California Consortium for Equitable Change at Hispanic Serving Institutions (CC ECHO) Project Showcase
Kelsey Smith; West Hills College Lemoore
Ron Oxford; West Hills College Lemoore
CC ECHO is developing culturally relevant OER and training materials to meet the critical needs of students at HSIs. Twenty OERs are in development using a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) lens to ensure that students’ lived experiences are included. Join us to learn more and to see a showcase of our OER projects!
Breakout Session VII 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Thursday, August 4
Just-In-Time College Level Number Sense
Susan Addington; CSU, San Bernardino
Mary Legner; Riverside City College
Kelli Wasserman; CSU, San Bernardino
Advanced Number Sense is a flexible set of ten modules, housed at myopenmath.com, that address common gaps in first-year college students’ mathematical preparation. Modules focus on measurement, proportional reasoning, and include practice at estimation and mental computation. They can be used to supplement math and science courses.
Free as in Kittens? Adapting Affordable Learning to Sustain Quality Online Homework
Ariel Setniker; CSU, Maritime
Katherine (Kitty) Luce; CSU, Maritime
Online homework has become a key component of curriculum, especially after the move to online learning during COVID. This workshop showcases the process of adapting a campus affordable learning program to sustain a free, open source online homework platform to support STEM learning.
Advancing Faculty OER “Drive”: A Faculty Roadmap of Recommended “Stops” for Success
Kate Holvoet; San Diego State University
Dino Bozonelos; Victor Valley College
Trudi Radtke; Moorpark College
Shelli Wynants; CSU, Fullerton
Feeling overwhelmed about how to support California faculty in their OER journey? This presentation will provide you with an OER Faculty Roadmap that gives concise, practical, and specific guidance for finding, adapting, funding, and creating OER, and how to take OER use in the classroom to the next level.
Moving from OER Awareness to OER Action: Lessons Learned from Implementing a Faculty Stipend Program
Michaela Keating; CSU, Fullerton
This presentation will discuss the history and development of the Open Fullerton Fellowship- a selective program that offers faculty stipends and one-to-one support to transform their course to zero-cost- and share the logistics and outcomes of the program to inform any OER initiatives interested in developing a stipend-based program.
Friday, August 5
Final Keynote 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Crunching the OER Numbers
Julia Seaman; Research Director, Bay View Analytics.
Jeff Seaman; Director, Bay View Analytics.
Breakout Session VIII 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Friday, August 5
Shedding Copyright, Editions, and Other Remnants of the Commercial Textbook Enterprise
Michelle Pilati; ASCCC OERI
In the context of OER, what value or validity does the concept of copyright date, edition, and ISBN have? How do we shed the antiquated notion of the “most current edition” when a resource could be updated daily? Join us for an overview of the structures that may impact our resource selections – and approaches to changing these outdated restrictions/expectations.
OER Sustainability: Developing Your Open Authoring and Pedagogy Infrastructure to Engage Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community.
Cyril Oberlander; Cal Poly, Humboldt
Do OER, open access, digital humanities and scholarship, and project-based learning relate to a key library strategy? The answers are drawn from experiences with Open SUNY Textbook, HSU Press, Affordable Learning, and open source software development. Includes activities where participants are encouraged to share their ideas.
Getting to Zero: Making Zero Textbook Costs the Number One Goal
Andi Adkins; Cosumnes River College
Edward Bush; President, Cosumnes River College
Cosumnes River College has a goal to become a Zero Textbook Costs campus. Learn how top-down leadership and relentless optimism have paved the way to encourage and incentivize faculty to create and adopt OER
Inclusive or Exclusive? Reexamining “Inclusive Access” Textbook Programs
Trudi Radtke; SPARC
Inclusive Access is an emerging textbooks sales model that adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees. Join this session to get the facts on the advertised benefits of Inclusive Access programs and how they differ from open models like OER.
Breakout Session IX 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Friday, August 5
Building an OER Community of Practice around H5P with LibreStudio
Yasin Dahi; LibreTexts
The workshop component of this session will include a demonstration of LibreStudio, and participants will be able to join Studio, create H5P, share H5P within a collection, review the H5P of others authors, and build/join a community within Studio.
Implications of Increased Lifetime Earnings with OER: Are Low Cost Textbooks More Beneficial than Zero Cost Textbooks?
Mark Maier; Glendale Community College
Because of greater degree completion with OER student lifetime earnings increase, exceeding the more traditionally-measured saving from zero-cost textbooks. Adoption of low-cost textbooks can have even greater pecuniary benefits. Participant discussion will explore implications of this finding for listing textbook costs, monitoring commercial publishers, and more accurately measuring student long-term success.
OER to Support Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Local California Contexts
Cynthia Orozco; East Los Angeles College
While textbooks often assume a universal approach to education, decolonial theory encourages us to consider pluriversality and nuanced ways of knowing. This session showcases a community college guide that provides tangible examples of how to create, revise, and remix OER to support culturally sustaining pedagogy in a local community context.
Teaching Dynamically with OER and Open Pedagogy
Hamish Lutris; Capital Community College
OER and OP promise much for education, but they cannot replace an instructor or make bad teaching better. This presentation will explore how to design active, student-centered use of OER and OP into every class we teach, using the social sciences classroom as an example.
Breakout Session X 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Friday, August 5
ADAPT: Building the Textbook of the Future with Next Generation OER Homework System
Delmar Larsen; UC Davis
A key feature limiting the adoption of OER for many disciplines is the absence of a homework system. To counter this with the LibreTexts textbooks, we built the open-source ADAPT homework system (https://ADAPT.libretexts.org) sponsored by the California Education Learning Lab. ADAPT is designed to couple existing assessment technologies with native technology as a “hyper-approach” that allows faculty to select the assessment technology that best suits their purpose. This approach also allows faculty to avoid limitations (e.g., accessibility or security) in existing technology.
Breakout Session X 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Friday, August 5 (continued)
Leveraging ICT Literacy OERs for Women in Sustainable Employment
Lesley Farmer; CSU, Long Beach
SkillsCommons and WISE (Women in Sustainable Employment) Pathways are addressing digital equity and inclusion. As part of this effort, see how MERLOT’s ICT literacy project has developed OER resources and training to support ICT and media literacy training in community colleges to support women’s career success.
A Developmental Milestone: Introducing a New Infant and Toddler OER for College Early Childhood Education Classes
Todd LaMarr; American River College
Amanda Taintor; Reedley College
As community college professors across California, we collaborated to create the first comprehensive and fully openly licensed resource on infant and toddler care and development, consisting of 34 chapters. Learn the details of this project, how to access it, and how to incorporate the content into Canvas.
Open and Online – Making Digital OER More Appealing to Students
Michelle Pilati; ASCCC OERI
It’s not enough to make OER freely available to students by providing it to them digitally. How do we make the digital medium more attractive to students? How can every OER-using faculty ensure there is value-added for their students when providing them with a URL as their primary course resource as opposed to an ISBN? Join us to learn how easy it is to add interactive elements to your OER – or your online course.