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Open Virginia Advisory Committee's Virtual Event Series

Fall 2020 Virtual Events on Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy

Sponsored by SCHEV's OVAC

The 2020-2021 Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy webinar series provides a space for learning and sharing to spark innovation and expand open education in Virginia and is recommended for Provosts, Deans, program directors, department chairs, curriculum committee coordinators, instructional support leadership, faculty, and librarians. The Fall 2020 virtual conversations consisted of short lightning talks, which allowed institutions to share their open education efforts and learn from similar efforts happening around Virginia.

Webinar I: September 18,2020

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Lightning Talks include:

  • Institutional OER Policies - Highlighting Virginia Tech's Guidelines for OER & Open Textbooks, Anita Walz, Virginia Tech
  • Lessons from the First Year of VIVA Open Grants, Stephanie Westcott, VIVA
  • Using OER to Amplify Diverse Voices in Multiple Modalities, Tom Geary, Tidewater Community College
  • Building OER in WordPress, Tom Woodward, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bringing it all together: Mapping OER with Virginia faculty review, Sophie Rondeau, VIVA

Webinar II: October 23, 2020

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Lightning talks include:

  • ESL Composition II Handbook, Chris Soholt and Yu Bai, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Using Open Science Framework (OSF) and GitHub to Promote Student Training and Research Transparency, Anne M. Brown, Virginia Tech
  • Privacy and Surveillance in Digital Courseware, Judith Thomas, University of Virginia

The series will continue into the Spring Semester with dates TBA. Accepted speakers and event details will also be announced through the OpenVA listserv. Join the listserv for announcements.

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