OE-Arkansas Conference 2022

OE-Arkansas Conference

Created by librarians at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, OE-Arkansas is an annual statewide gathering of librarians, faculty, and administrators interested in learning about open education and pursuing open educational initiatives for their respective institutions. The 2022 meeting is being hosted by the SouthArk Library at South Arkansas Community College, and will take place virtually on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the conclusion of National Open Education Week.

In short, open educational resources are materials that are openly licensed or have entered the public domain. Some obvious benefits of OER for higher education include a significant reduction in costs for students, as well as freedom from expensive vendor contracts for faculty and institutions. OER also provide instructors the opportunity to develop and make available their own resources.

This year, OE-Arkansas includes presentations from open education leaders in Arkansas and across the country. Participants at all points in their OER journey will have the opportunity to learn about the advantages and challenges of open education and open pedagogy, the value and compelling potential impact of OER, how open education initiatives can be constructed and pursued at both the two-year and four-year college levels, as well as open education connections in the K-12 environment. Our speakers are as follows:

  • Michael Moore – University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Gabby Hernandez – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • KEYNOTE – Cheryl Casey – University of Arizona
  • Cassandra Barnett – Arkansas Department of Education
  • Relinda Ruth – UA Cossatot

OE-Arkansas will be held virtually via Zoom. All sessions will be recorded, and will include time for Q&A at the conclusion of each presentation. Individual session links will be sent out to registered participants on or before close-of-business on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Registration is FREE, but limited to 200 participants.

Below is a tentative schedule:

9:20 – 9:30                  WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS – Philip C. Shackelford and Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez – South Arkansas Community College

9:30 – 10:20                SESSION 1 – Dr. Michael Moore – University of Arkansas

10:30 – 11:20              SESSION 2 – Gabby Hernandez – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

11:30 – 12:20              LUNCH & KEYNOTE – Cheryl Casey – University of Arizona

12:30 – 1:20                SESSION 3 – Dr. Cassandra Barnett – Arkansas Department of Education

1:30 – 2:20                  SESSION 4 – Relinda Ruth – UA-Cossatot

2:20 – 2:30                  CLOSING REMARKS

2:30 – 3:30                  SOCIAL HOUR

Additional information will be posted here in the coming days – stay tuned!

Many thanks to the planning committee for this year’s event, who selflessly donated their time, expertise, and experience, and also volunteered to moderate sessions and perform other important responsibilities.

  • Carolyn Filipelli, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
  • Nithin Lakshmana, Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Amber Overholser, Southern Arkansas University
  • Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • Relinda Ruth, UA-Cossatot
  • Philip Shackelford (Chair), South Arkansas Community College
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