Session 15C | What Students Want: Advocating for OER Amid Other Course Material Models




Phillips, Clarenda
Williamson, Daniel

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The students, faculty, and administrators at every school come together to create a unique campus environment. Because each school is unique, every college and university has different course materials initiatives, some of which encourage widespread adoption of open educational resources and some are moving to automatic billing models like Inclusive Access or IncludED. No matter the initiative or the program at your school, faculty and administrators should always come back to this question: what will benefit students the most? The flexibility, affordability, and pedagogy behind open educational resources are able to provide students with course materials that fit their wants and needs. In this workshop, we will discuss how to bring the course materials conversation back to students and advocate for free, open materials on any campus.


Speaker(s): Daniel Williamson Managing Director of OpenStax, OpenStax Daniel Williamson leads the day-to-day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate and passionate advocate of improving access and equity in education, he has dedicated the past ten years of his life to developing and leading education start-ups from idea to realization. During that time, he has staked a claim in many areas of specialization, including open education, content development, education technology, education technology policy, management, and quality assurance. Dr. Clarenda Phillips Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Dr. Clarenda Phillips is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor of sociology at Texas A&M University x`- Corpus Christi. Prior to joining TAMU-CC, she served as the Provost at Notre Dame of Maryland University and in several positions at Morehead State University, including Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program, and Department Chair of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology. Her teaching and research have focused on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class and the sociology of mental health. Moderated by: Michelle Hernandez-Perez, Assistant Director of Assessment, University of Houston-Downtown View recording