Open Textbook Network summit

Online 2020: June 15-25

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) Summit is coming! This event will take place each Monday through Thursday across two weeks between June 15 and June 25, 2020.

In previous years our members gathered annually for the OTN Summer Institute and Summit in Minnesota. This year, we’re holding the event online and opening up much of our programming to audiences outside of OTN membership. Registration is free, and details can be found below. We would love to see you there!

About the Summit

The Summit is an opportunity for the higher education community to learn, share, and connect with one another around open education, both in terms of vision and practice. Some programs will be limited to new and returning OTN members, but many will be open more broadly. We will have recordings available following most sessions.

Open Sessions

This year, we are very excited to engage with new voices and perspectives through open sessions.

Spread the word! We encourage you to extend the invitation to anyone in the higher education community who may be curious about open education.

Programming Schedule

Please note that the schedule may change. All programs are one hour unless otherwise noted. Events listed with an asterisk* are for OTN members only.

11:00 AM (CDT): New Member Orientation*

New members of the Open Textbook Network will come together for the first time to connect as a community, meet the OTN team, orient to the OTN’s program, and engage in community activities. 

1:00 PM (CDT): Kickoff: OTN Vision with Dave

Open Textbook Network founder and Executive Director Dave Ernst will formally kick off the summit with a talk focusing on the importance of open education and the common good during these challenging times and a vision for collective efforts to address challenges in open education.

11:00 AM (CDT): Copyright & OER: Outlining the Issues

Copyright issues come into play as open educational resources (OER) are created, and people frequently have questions about copyright and licensing when seeking to reuse, remix, and redistribute OER. To help address common questions OER creators and users may have about copyright and Creative Commons licenses, the Open Textbook Network is creating a guide on the topic, and needs your help! In this webinar, led by Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications at Miami University, we’ll review the most common copyright questions and scenarios associated with OER creation and use and, through a facilitated discussion, seek input and advice from attendees on the outline for this guide to ensure that it is relevant and useful for you!

Facilitator: Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Miami University

1:00 PM (CDT): It Takes a Village: Perspectives on Moving Open Initiatives Forward

This panel presentation will provide successful strategies for moving open initiatives forward. The following perspectives will be represented: administrative, publishing, instructional design, campus store, and library. There will be time for attendees to ask questions of the panelists.

Panelists: Administrator: Kim Lynch, Senior System Director of Educational Innovations, Minnesota State System; Publishing: Emma Molls, Publishing Services Librarian, University of Minnesota; Instructional Design: Nathan Lentfer, Instructional Designer and Technologist Manager, University of Northwestern – St. Paul; Campus Store: Ross Rosati, Director of Bookstore Services, University of Minnesota; Library: Cheryl Cuillier, Open Education Librarian, University of Arizona

11:00 AM (CDT): OER Learning Circles for Instructional Improvement

Please join the Open Textbook Network for a panel presentation on OER Learning Circles. Professor Karen Pikula, Psychology Instructor for Central Lakes College as well as OER Faculty Development Coordinator for Minnesota State, has created an innovative way to maintain engagement and progress in faculty adoption and creation of OER. Her OER Learning Circles provide facilitated pathways for faculty to author ancillary materials, redesign their courses with OER, or author their own OER. Joining Karen will be faculty who have participated in and benefitted from the OER Learning Circle model.

Moderator: Karen Pikula, Psychology Instructor, Central Lakes College
Panelists: TBA

1:00 PM (CDT): So You Want to Print and Sell Your Open Textbooks?

While tools like Pressbooks make it easy to produce a print-quality PDF of the interior of a book (that can be printed and bound locally for distribution), you might be interested in having the book professionally printed and bound, with a proper cover, and even made available for purchase. You’ll encounter a range of options for printing—from consumer-oriented self-service operations like Lulu to book printers that work with publishers—and options for distribution, whether available only as print on demand through a printer’s website or available in the book supply chain for campus bookstores to order. This presentation will provide an overview of the landscape and factors to consider in choosing among your options.

Presenter: Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean, Scholarly Communication & Interim Head, LRSS, University of North Texas Libraries

11:00 AM (CDT): OER and Fair Use: Strange Bedfellows or BFFs?

Fair use is an exception found in U.S. copyright law that authors, educators, and librarians frequently take advantage of when using third-party works in the creation of new scholarship. Can fair use be considered when looking to develop or reuse works created by others in open educational resources (OER)? In this session, we’ll review the fair use statute and explore the four factors of fair use through the lens of OER creation and use. Tips for making thoughtful applications of this exception will be discussed, as will opportunities to get involved with the development of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources that can be utilized by various communities looking to promote OER creation and use.

Presenters: Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Miami University; Will Cross, Director of Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, NC State University Libraries; Sunny Pai, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kapi’olani Community College

1:00 PM (CDT): Working Group Concurrent Sessions*

OTN Working Groups serve as a platform for faculty and OER staff from a diversity of institution types to gather with the goal of identifying issues, perspectives, and trends involving OER creation. Join OTN Working Group members as they facilitate a larger community discussion focused on their particular area of interest.

  • Accessibility Working Group

    This session will be centered around pointed questions to spark conversation on the topic of accessibility. Moreover, we will learn from one another and discuss what has worked for you and your institution (and what has not worked as well) on the accessibility front. 

    Leveraging Zoom breakout rooms, we will separate into smaller groups for a more intimate guided conversation and then rejoin the larger group to share and discuss. We hope that you leave the session with a Google document full of helpful tips related to accessibility.

    Facilitators: Kate Miller, Lecturer, University of Colorado Denver; Gabe Christie, Instructional Accessibility Manager, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • OER as Scholarly Work Working Group

    In theory, creating an OER can be just as scholarly as writing a research article—but what does that mean in practice? What makes an OER OER “scholarly” or not? How can creators or publishers communicate this? 

    Join us for a conversation about our group’s initial exploration and some of the tensions we’ve identified at the intersection of OER and scholarship, as well as a brainstorming and annotation session. You’ll leave with a model for investigating scholarly expectations at your institution, a crowdsourced list describing aspects of “scholarly” vs non-scholarly work, and hopefully some lingering, hard-to-answer questions to keep your mind busy.

    Homework: if possible, please prepare for this session by considering the following questions: 

    • How does your institution define and measure scholarly or research activity, as opposed to service or teaching activities?
    • Should OER creators strive to fit into the “traditional” mold of what ‘counts’ for scholarship in hiring and promotion, or build a new and better model?
    • How would you communicate that an OER was comparable in quality and intellectual rigor to a research paper, conference poster, or academic monograph?

    Facilitators: Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech; Matt Ruen, Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator, Grand Valley State University

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group

    This session will demonstrate the tools and formats that the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion working group has begun to help the OTN community address the need for more inclusive perspectives and content within texts. Working group chair, Christina Trunnell of TRAILS (the consortium of public, private, and tribal college libraries serving higher education across the state of Montana), will introduce what the group will be focusing on in the coming year, and facilitate a conversation with attendees to ensure that the group is in tune with community needs and capturing the community voice in their work.

    Facilitators: Christina Trunnell, Statewide OER Coordinator, TRAILS

11:00 AM (CDT): New Member Breakout Sessions*

    • Learning Best Practices for Public Speaking

      Presenting an idea or perspective—the benefits of OER, for example – is a tried-and-true method to educate or persuade an audience. In our changing global landscape, the ability to competently craft a message that sustains the audience’s attention and clearly outlines a call to action remains paramount. This workshop focuses on best practices for public speaking in diverse contexts and medium, including: digital presentations, peer discussions, and formal public speeches. Together, we will focus on crafting, organizing, delivering, and answering questions as public speakers. Meggie Mapes, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Kansas University, will be facilitating.

    • Strategies for Engaging Faculty in Open Initiatives

      You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. But what if faculty don’t know that the water is there or you’re there to lead them? Attendees for this session will not only learn ways to help faculty find the open water, but hopefully entice them to take a sip! Join Rebel Cummings-Saul, Director of Digital Services and OER at Florida Virtual Campus in reviewing a wide range of approaches that can scale – you can decide to incorporate one or all into your local program.

    • Faculty Workshop in Brief

      Join Tanya Grosz, OTN’s Director of Educational Programs, as she presents the OTN Faculty Workshop slide deck, points to places for possible customization, and answers questions about workshop delivery and faculty engagement.

    • Considering OER Publishing? A Collaborative Conversation

      This highly-interactive session will include an overview of OER publishing approaches, goals, projects, resource links — and plenty of opportunities to share your questions and expertise with others in a virtual environment.

      Join Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in a discussion about beginning a publishing program on your campus.

1:00 PM (CDT): State of the States: State Open Education Initiatives in the time of COVID

This panel presentation brings together leaders from states at different stages of their open education initiatives. Join Robert Awkward (Massachusetts), Spencer Ellis (Colorado), and Teri Gallaway (Louisiana) as they discuss the strategies they’ve found effective in generating statewide support for open education, how they are adapting their strategies in the time of COVID, and where they see open education in their state’s education priorities today.

Moderator: Sarah Cohen, Senior Managing Director, Open Textbook Network

Panelists: Bob Awkward, Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; Spencer Ellis, Director of Educational Innovation, Colorado Department of Higher Education; Teri Gallaway, Associate Commissioner of LOUIS, Louisiana Board of Regents

11:00 AM (CDT): Open Pedagogy: Supporting Faculty and Students with Remote Learning

Join us for a discussion about the practicalities of supporting faculty interested in testing out open pedagogy during an especially turbulent time in higher education. These open teaching practices can empower students to take ownership and pride in creating and sharing their academic contributions beyond the classroom walls. We’ll discuss immediate considerations such as student privacy, collaborative tools and technology, helpful resources, and more!

Presenters: Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, The Ohio State University; Lindsey Gumb, Scholarly Communications Librarian & Assistant Professor, Roger Williams University

1:00 PM (CDT): Teaching Pressbooks & Programmatic Implications: Part 1*

Join us for the first of two workshops with Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian at University of Washington Libraries. The first workshop will demonstrate how Lauren teaches faculty how to use Pressbooks in order to create open educational resources (OER), as she’s been doing for the last two years as part of a pilot Pressbooks program. Note that the first session (Part 1) is 90 minutes and the second session (Part 2) is 60 minutes.

Presenter: Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

11:00 AM (CDT): Textbook Heroes: Growing an Open Education Initiative Through Recognition and Gratitude

Communication plays a central role in acknowledging and educating communicates about affordability barriers faced by students and the potential of OER. In early 2019, KU Libraries launched an initiative called “Textbook Heroes” to express gratitude for advocacy and innovation in course materials affordability at the University of Kansas. Textbook Heroes are members of the KU community who’ve taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low and no cost course materials. Find out how a librarian and a communications manager collaborated to build a low cost, high impact program, and hear from a hero instructor who’s saving KU students a quarter million per year.

Presenters: Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communication Librarian, KU Libraries; LeAnn Meyer, Communications Manager, KU Libraries; Meggie Mapes, Introductory Course Director, KU Communication Studies

1:00 PM (CDT): Teaching Pressbooks & Programmatic Implications: Part 2*

Join us for the second of two workshops with Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian at University of Washington Libraries. This workshop will be an informal followup to Part 1, in which Lauren discusses the programmatic implications of teaching Pressbooks, and how a successful Pressbooks pilot has impacted her role and the library’s publishing plans.

Presenter: Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

11:00 AM (CDT): Community Conversation: Role of Open Education in the Time of COVID*

This OTN Members-only event will be a Community Conversation on the role of open education in the time of COVID. Based on the overwhelming response to this session, we will welcome five OTN members from different types of institutions (community colleges, private universities, R1s) to discuss what this challenging time means to open education with the opportunity for the OTN community to contribute to shared documents that explore next steps.

Presenters: Ariana Santiago, OER Coordinator, University of Houston;Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian, University of Washington; Olivia Reinauer, Coordinator of Library Services, Tidewater Community College; Elaine Thornton, Open Education and Distance Learning Librarian, University of Arkansas; Michael Whitchurch, Digital Learning Services Librarian, Brigham Young University

1:00 PM (CDT): New Member Ask Us Anything*

As a new member to the Open Textbook Network, we recognize that there is a lot of information to digest! Bring your questions to this session, where OTN staff and steering committee members will be happy to address them. One thing you can know for certain is that you are not alone – others who are new to the OTN community may have similar questions! Join us to explore answers together. 

We’re very excited for two weeks of community engagement, connection and sharing around open education. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Registration is required. Please register for the Summit, for no cost, using this form. Registration will close June 1. Contact Barbara Thees with any questions you may have about the registration process.

Community Norms

The OTN is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

We commit to ensuring that our training and workshops adhere to four core elements:

  1. Safe spaces
  2. Building relationships
  3. Time
  4. Participants’ belief in their own value
We expect all participants in the Summit to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone and to refrain from unacceptable behaviors including intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our community.

Please review the full listing of our goals, commitment to attendees, expected behavior, unacceptable behavior, and the consequences of unacceptable behavior in our community norms statement.

Image is of around 100 members of the community who attended the Open Textbook Network Institute and Summit in 2018. The image is taken from above, and is set in a hotel lobby with a large fireplace behind them.