Illinois Community Colleges OER Summit

Illinois Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Summit logo 2018

  1. Program
  2. Registration
  3. Directions & Hotel
  4. Speakers & Facilitators

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium—digital or otherwise—that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (Hewlett Foundation, 2018).

Program theme: Institutional and statewide collaboration around open educational resources.

Speaker presentations are available in the program schedule below. The Summit archive will be available in the College of DuPage digital repository. The archive will include presentation slides, videos, paper materials, and photographs.

8:30 - 9 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9 - 10 am Summit Opening with Dr. Ann Rondeau, President, College of DuPage and Dr. Ali O'Brien, Vice President of Educational Affairs, College of Lake County.
Jennifer McIntosh, Colleges in Attendance: Presentation Slides. (open in Chrome)
10:15 - 11 am Keynote: Dr. Lisa Young
Title: When One Door Closes....
Open Educational Resources have the potential to transform the student learning experience--providing access to knowledge, opportunities for collaboration among faculty, and the opportunity for students to share their works and products of their learning, all while reducing the cost of education through reduced textbook and materials costs. Dr. Young will discuss how OER can benefit students, faculty and higher education institutions using real world examples.
Presentation Slides; Slide 19 Video; Slide 21 Video
11 - 11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45 am Estimating Student Savings From Textbook Affordability Initiatives: Amy Hofer
One of the big advantages of open educational resources is that they help students save money on the materials they need in order to succeed academically. Estimating the amount of money that students save as a result of your textbook affordability initiative is motivating because this issue is so important to students. It also provides a persuasive talking point when advocating for more resources to support course redesign around affordable materials. Amy will introduce practices and best practices to keep in mind when you work with this type of data.
Presentation Slides
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Scaling OER for Impact: Nicole Finkbeiner
Nicole will discuss what Rice University has learned about creating OER that impacts over 2.2 million students per year and how to create an effective institutional initiative that increases OER use by an average of 150% per year while still protecting academic freedom. Presentation Slides
12:30 - 1:45 pm Lunch & Poster Sessions
1:45 - 2:45 pm Panel Discussion: OER Lessons Learned. Facilitated by Una Daly.
Panelists: Jessica Bastian (ICC), Dave Braunschweig (Harper), Anne Chernaik (CLC), Raymond Lawson (Oakton), Christine Monnier (COD), Ali O'Brien (CLC), & Page Wolf (CLC).
Presentation Slides.
2:45 - 3:15 pm Moving Forward in Illinois (Denise Cote & Page Wolf) Presentation Slides; Afternoon snack; Go to Breakouts
3:15 - 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions
Librarians & Instructional Support Staff: Promoting OER Adoption. Facilitated by Hofer.
Administrators: Supporting OER Adoption; ZTC degrees. Facilitated by Daly & Young
Faculty: How to Adopt OER. Facilitated by Finkbeiner

Registration fee: $40.00

Registration is now CLOSED.

UPDATE: We can now accept checks for payment and multiple simultaneous registrations.
And YES we can accommodate special dietary needs. Lunch buffet includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Registration will close when sold out or on November 16, 2018.

Location: College of DuPage Turner Conference Center (Directions)


There are a number of hotels within easy driving distance to the College of DuPage. For the convenience of Summit attendees, a room block with group rate has been reserved at:
image002.jpgSheraton Lisle Naperville
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 505-1000
Includes complimentary shuttle service to and from COD.
To access the group rate, follow the link below or call 800.325.3535 and reference “Illinois Community College Open Education Summit Room Block.”

Another option:
image004.jpgComfort Inn Downers Grove
3010 Finley Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 515-1500
Includes complimentary hot breakfast
Call and ask for the College of DuPage rate. Present your College employee ID at time of check in. All rooms must be reserved with a credit card.

Speakers & Facilitators

250X250_tulip-pic-lisa.jpgKeynote Speaker: Lisa Young, Ph.D., Maricopa Community College System
Lisa is a life-long learner, technology geek, and adventurer. Her pioneering spirit not only applies travel and outdoor exploration, but also to her teaching. For 15 years, Dr. Young taught hydrology by using the landscape to help her students understand water resources. Through her desire to meet instructional needs with innovation, Dr. Young mixed online classes with outdoor field classes in which students hiked to sample water. While teaching hydrology Lisa enhanced her teaching skills by earning a M.Ed. in Learning and Instructional Technology and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She currently supports faculty in their teaching adventures by serving as the Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Scottsdale Community College. Lisa has ventured into the OER frontier at Maricopa Community Colleges which has saved students over $10 million in course materials costs over the last six years. She is currently on sabbatical delving into big data and predictive analytics and their use in higher education.

250bio_large_una.jpgMs. Una Daly, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER).
Una Daly is the director of the CCCOER, a division of the global Open Education Consortium. CCCOER is the community of practice for Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative, the largest nationwide initiative in the U.S. with 38 colleges in 13 states. Previously, Una served as the OER Library Services Manager for the California Open Online Library (COOL4Ed), a repository of low-cost, peer-reviewed open textbooks for the top 50 college courses. Una was also the director of College Open Textbooks and the ePortfolio Coordinator at the California Virtual Campus and Foothill College where she taught in the Computer Technology Information Systems department. Una holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology and an @One Online Teaching Certificate. Her initial career was in the computer industry where she was a software engineer and manager at Apple, 3Com Corporation, and Motorola.

Nicole Finkbeiner_Headshot.jpgMs. Nicole Finkbeiner, Rice University.
Nicole is the Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. She also coaches colleges and universities to effectively encourage faculty adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote student success and faculty academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting OER, Nicole fills her time working on civil rights issues, traveling, reading, staying healthy, and dragging her friends and family to random cultural events

250Amy_Hofer.jpgMs. Amy Hofer, Linn-Benton Community College / Open Education Consortium
Amy's title is Coordinator of Statewide Open Education Library Services, meaning that Amy is The OER librarian for Oregon's public community colleges and universities. Visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at to learn more about Amy's work. Additionally, Ms. Hofer is a co-author of the forthcoming book "Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice."

Have questions? Contact event organizers:
Dr. Denise Cote, College of DuPage

Dr. Page Wolf, College of Lake County

Jennifer McIntosh, College of DuPage

Registration questions/troubleshooting: Patty McAnally,

Sponsored by the College of DuPage Foundation, Illinois Community Colleges Online, College of Lake County, and the College of DuPage.