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OpenStax Creator Fest 2018


Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

OpenStax Creator Fest 2018

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Join us April 5-6, 2018 in Houston for OpenStax’s first Creator Fest. We’re inviting instructors to collaborate with other educators and subject experts to develop additional resources to use with OpenStax textbooks. Join us as we put our knowledge into practice and create the resources that your classroom needs – together.


Group rate: 

We're celebrating collaboration at Creator Fest, so if you register with a group of colleagues we'll give you a special team rate!

3 people from your department - 30% off discount
4 people from your department - 40% off discount
5 people or more from your department - 50% off discount


Sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

10 a.m. Keynote – Dr. Suzanne Fergus discusses building materials that bridge knowledge gaps

Dr. Suzanne Fergus is the recipient of the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry’s Higher Education Teaching Award for her sustained innovations in chemistry teaching and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 for excellence in teaching and outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As Principal Lecturer and Learning & Teaching Strategic Lead in the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Hertfordshire, Suzanne strives to help students bridge the gaps in their understanding of chemistry concepts. Suzanne has sought to innovate with her teaching methods, introducing pre-lab questionnaires, incorporating technology using a student collaborative online wiki that encourages critical reflection, utilising the student collaboration Peerwise tool, and sharing video resources to enhance understanding of conceptually difficult topics.

11 a.m. Create materials for your classes with subject experts

Join your colleagues and subject experts to collaboratively build materials that will make a measurable difference in your courses.

You will work to create the resources you and your students need, with the support of your colleagues and experts in your field. Together, you will build PowerPoint decks, assessments and problem sets, lab activities, and more.

5:15 p.m. Join us to celebrate!

We want to pay tribute to the people at the heart of the OER movement: the faculty who are developing and using open materials on the ground. Join us to eat, drink, and celebrate our community of open education practitioners! Details coming soon. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

9 a.m. Create materials for your classes with subject experts

Work with your team of colleagues and subject experts to polish the resources you’ve constructed and make sure that you leave Creator Fest with tangible materials for your course, created using the strategies and best practices you’ve developed together.

11 a.m. Weigh in on the future of OpenStax

Help us plan our next steps by attending a focus group for our upcoming titles.

1 p.m. Experiment with cutting-edge learning techniques

Discover how we create our free, peer-reviewed books, research how students learn, and put that research into practice to develop cutting-edge homework technology. With our adopter community gathered together for the first time, we want to get hands-on! This session will help you experiment with new teaching tools – stay tuned for more details. 

4 p.m. Closing remarks - Reflect on everything we’ve built together!

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When & Where

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

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