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Thursday, November 20 • 9:45am - 10:15am
The maturing OER ecosystem: partners, expansion, and critical questions

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Partnerships are necessary to maintain, improve and broaden adoptions of OER in education. Yet, many open textbook authors consider these models both unsettling when they do not receive royalties and also contrary to the spirit of using open educational resources. How do we solve this dilemma? Join this panel as it shares models for authors, non profit organizations, and for profit corporate collaborations.

The Author Perspective:
Barbara Illowsky is co-author of the newly released Introductory Statistics by OpenStax College, the updated version of the "best seller? Collaborative Statistics in the Connexions collection. She will share how and why she and co-author Susan Dean continue to work with outside companies on developing partnerships, even when "they? earn money but the co-authors earn kudos. Barbara will also discuss the how these partnerships can drive forking of basal content to create high quality OER options.

The "For Profit" Perspective:
Mark Santee is the VP of Product and Marketing for WebAssign, a commercial online homework and assessment application that supports hundreds of textbooks from every major traditional textbook publisher. He will discuss how the support of OER fits into WebAssign's overall publisher partnership model and why OER continues to be a strategic imperative for the organization. Mark will also demonstrate how these types of partnerships can hasten positive disruption by fixing the broken economic model that currently exists in the market.

The "Non Profit" Perspective:
Daniel Williamson, Managing Director OpenStax College, now manages the day-to-day operations of OpenStax College using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination of OpenStax. Daniel shares OpenStax's sustainability goal's that will ensure the continuation of the program beyond grant funding. Daniel will also provide perspective on "open" when fees are involved.


Barbara Illowsky

Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Michelson 20MM Foundation
Dr. Barbara Illowsky is Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative. In addition, she has been a mathematics and statistics professor at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA since 1989. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the... Read More →

Mark Santee

VP, Product and Marketing, WebAssign
Mark Santee leads WebAssign’s product management and marketing organizations. His team is responsible for product strategy and planning, as well as corporate and product marketing. Mark has worked in the educational publishing industry for more than 15 years. His career began... Read More →
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Daniel Williamson

Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Daniel Williamson manages the day to day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate, and passionate advocate of equity in education... Read More →

Thursday November 20, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Crystal Ballroom

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