ACHE Open Educational Resources Workshop

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University of South Alabama Marx Library

5901 USA Drive North

Marx Library

Mobile, AL 36688

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The University of South Alabama Libraries invites registration for a free all-day workshop on Open Educational Resources sponsored by ACHE, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, in association with NAAL, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. The workshop will be held in Mobile at USA’s Marx Library on Friday, February 23, with lunch provided for registered attendees. Speakers from across the Southeast will focus on initiatives to provide free teaching materials to support college and textbook affordability. UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources as “teaching, learning, or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows free use, adaptation, and distribution.

Registration for this free workshop is open through February 19.

Information on USA’s negotiated rates with area hotels is available at:


8:15 Registration and coffee, Marx Library Lobby East

8:45 Welcome, Marx Library Auditorium

  • E. Lorene Flanders, Executive Director of USA Libraries
  • Dr. Tony Waldrop, President, University of South Alabama
  • Dr. James Purcell, Executive Director, Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Barbara Anne Spears, Executive Director, Academic & Student Affairs, Alabama Community College System

9:00 The Challenge for Students

  • Charles Lee, Policy & Development Fellow, The College Promise Campaign
  • Dr. Nicole Carr, Associate VP, Student Academic Success, USA

9:30 OER Survey: Prevalence of OER in the Southeast

  • Amanda Kin, Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Jefferson State Community College

10:00 Break

10:15 Implementing OER Across a State: Issues and Solutions

  • Teri Oaks Gallaway, Associate Commissioner, LOUIS (Louisiana Library Network)

10:45 LSU E-Textbooks for Students Initiative

  • Emily P. Frank, Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access, LSU Libraries

11:30 Lunch and Table Discussions

1:00 Affordable Learning Georgia and Florida OER Initiatives

  • Elijah Scott, Executive Director, Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative. Formerly, Dean of Libraries, Georgia Highlands College and past Chair, Regents Academic Committee on Libraries, University System of Georgia

1:30 What Now? Utilizing Current Institutional Resources

  • Kathy Wheeler and Dr. Angela Rand, USA Libraries
  • Shelitha McKissick, Distance Learning Specialist II, USA Innovations in Learning Center

2:00 Break

2:15 Vendor / Turnkey Solutions: Finding Open and e-Textbook Options Through the EBSCO Faculty Portal

  • Kris Baker, Eric Frierson, and Madeline Dale, EBSCO Information Services

2:45 Takeaways

  • Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury, Executive Director, USA Innovation in Learning Center

3:15 Conclude

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