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Monday, October 18 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Building OER Capacity in the Midwest: Supporting Grassroots Efforts and Statewide Collaboration

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In this session, panelists will describe efforts led by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) under a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and in collaboration with the National Consortium for OER (NCOER), a partnership between the four higher education regional compacts to increase access, affordability, and equity using OER. MHEC’s focus has been to expand and strengthen capacity in the 12 MHEC states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) to scale up and implement a sustainable OER infrastructure and open education practices. Capacity-building support has included seeding and facilitating statewide OER action teams, providing grants for statewide OER summits and senior leader seminars, seeding OER creation in high needs areas, such as career-technical education and materials for incarcerated students, and research on the topics of calculating OER cost savings and return on investment, and OER use in dual/concurrent enrollment. Attendees will learn about promising practices in organizing and supporting grassroots regional and statewide collaboration, as well as gain insights from the research underway.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe promising practices for supporting regional and statewide collaboration
  • Consider how to apply promising practices to their own context
  • Apply findings from research on calculating OER cost savings and return on investment and OER in dual/concurrent enrollment to their own contexts

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Annika Many

Principal, edBridge Partners, LLC
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Jenny Parks

Vice President of Policy and Research, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Jenny Parks is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). She leads the exploration, development, and implementation of projects that help Midwestern postsecondary institutions improve the way they serve students. Jenny has worked at all... Read More →
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Katie Zaback

Vice President of Policy, Colorado Succeeds
I have spent the last two decades working with institutions, systems, and states to use data and research to understand trends, identify challenges, and identify solutions that show promise in transforming the education system. Most recently, I was the Senior Policy Director at the... Read More →
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Jennifer Zinth

Founder and Principal, Zinth Consulting, LLC
Enhancing state and local policies to support more equitable student access, participation and success. Areas of specialization include dual and concurrent enrollment, corequisite support, STEM, and computer science.

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Monday October 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Room E