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OpenCon Cleveland Conference: Friday, February 28th, 2020

Join us for our third annual OpenCon Cleveland event, back by popular demand! At this event we'll celebrate and explore open education and open access with speakers, panels, and activities. Librarians, library staff, instructional designers, and faculty are all welcome to attend. This event is FREE, and participants may purchase a box lunch and reserve parking for a fee. The theme of OpenCon this year is Access to Justice.

Pre-Conference: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

New to open education? Hoping for a refresher before joining us at the conference? The OpenCon pre-conference is a chance to learn about the basics of open education so you can feel confident joining the discussions and listening to our speakers during the full conference. The pre-conference is full.


Online registration is closed but walk-in registrations are welcome on Friday, February 28 beginning at 8:30 am. The Pre-Conference on February 27 is full.

See Pre-Conference and Conference schedule of events below.


Our keynote speakers are Ms. Jasmine Roberts, The Ohio State University who will present "Critiquing Privilege Politics in Open Education" and Dr. Matthew Vetter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who will present "Wikipedia for Open Education: Pedagogy, Information Literacy, and Knowledge Equity." Learn more about our presenters.

Ms. Roberts' keynote is generously sponsored by the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

Dr. Vetter's keynote is generously sponsored by OhioNET.


OpenCon Cleveland 2020 will be hosted at Cleveland State University. The Pre-Conference on February 27 will be held at the Michael Schwartz Library, located in Rhodes Tower (RT building) and the Main Conference on February 28 will be held at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building (LB), in the Moot Courtroom. Access the Law Building from East 18th or East 19th Streets. There is no access from Euclid Avenue.


CSU is located in downtown Cleveland and can be easily accessed from several major highways. Download driving directions to CSU and a campus map . See below for parking information.


Parking is available for a fee. Recommended visitor parking lots include the Central Garage (CG) located at 1900 East 21st Street, Cleveland. When entering the lot, pull the ticket and park in any of the visitor parking spaces. You will need your ticket to exit the garage and you may pay with credit card or cash as you exit (Maximum fee is $10). Alternate parking is at the West Garage (WG), located at Chester Ave. and 17th Street or in Lot 22 (enter from East 22nd Street and Pre Pay at the PayStation). Map of CSU


The Crowne Plaza is less than ½ mile from CSU. Attendees can walk or ride the free E-Line Trolley to OpenCon Cleveland.
Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square
1260 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 615-7500

For accommodations on campus, the Comfort Inn Downtown at 1800 Euclid is another option
Comfort Inn Downtown
1800 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 861-0001

More information about accommodations.

OpenCon Cleveland 2020 Planning Committee

  • Mandi Goodsett, (Committee Chair) Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Barbara Loomis, Digital Scholarly Publications and Programs Administrator, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Marsha Miles, Head, Collections and Resource Management, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Ben Richards, Business and Communication Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Heather Caprette, Sr. Media Developer/Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning
  • Sam Diomede, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning
  • Melanie Gagich, Associate College Lecturer, First-Year Writing Program

OpenCon Cleveland Code of Conduct

Browse the contents of OpenCon 2020 Cleveland:

Pre-Conference, February 27
Conference, February 28