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Open Virginia Advisory Committee's Virtual Event Series

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.

2021 Webinars

Title: Listening to OER Stakeholders in Virginia

Speakers: Judy Thomas, University of Virginia; Sophie Rondeau, Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Date/Time: Friday, April 9, 2021, 11am-11:45am
Registration link:

This presentation will discuss Virginia OER stakeholder interviews conducted by SPARC Open Education Leadership Program participants, Judy Thomas (UVA; 2019-2020 SPARC Open Education Leadership Cohort) and Sophie Rondeau (VIVA; 2020-2021 SPARC Open Education Leadership Cohort). Come prepared to contribute to the conversation as Judy and Sophie invite attendees to share their perspectives on open education.

Title: Getting Started with OER

Webinar Date: March 5th, 2021
The video for this event is now available   You are welcome to provide feedback here on this event:
Slides and a list of links and resources shared during the event are also linked at this site. 

2020 Webinars

Webinar I: September 18,2020

View the video and slide decks at

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

View the video and slide decks at

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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