Save the date for OpenCon Cleveland 2021

Save the date: OpenCon Cleveland will be held online from May 13 - May 14, 2021. OpenCon is an annual regional event which celebrates the benefits of open education to student learning. Faculty, students, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators, especially in the Northeast Ohio region, are all welcome to this FREE series of presentations and discussions.

Please feel free to direct any questions to Mandi Goodsett at or Melanie Gagich at


The OpenCon Cleveland Planning Committee invites you to join us for virtual OpenCon Cleveland 2021 on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14. On Thursday, May 13 there will be asynchronous lightning talk viewing and discussion. Friday, May 14 will be live, and consist of three 45-minute panel discussions and our keynote speaker presentation. More information about our fabulous keynote speaker is below!

Registration is closed.

OpenCon Cleveland is an annual event that celebrates the benefits of open education to student learning. Faculty, students, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators are all welcome to attend our virtual conference. This event is FREE and although it looks a bit different this year, the OpenCon committee has prepared a conference that provides flexibility and engagement opportunities!

This year we’re making some big changes in light of our move to a two-day virtual conference:

  • Our event begins on Thursday, May 13 when attendees will view lightning talks at their leisure via our Slack channel. Conference attendees are also encouraged to participate in asynchronous discussions via Slack.
  • On Friday, May 14 the conference will shift to synchronous discussion in our three live panel events via Zoom and participants can ask questions of the speakers. A keynote presentation given by Regina Gong will take place at 3:30 p.m.
  • Our focus will be on open pedagogy, social justice, and supporting remote learning.

We hope you can join us!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER (May 14) via Zoom

Regina Gong, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Student Success Librarian
Keynote Presentation:Straddling in the Middle: Librarians as Connectors Between Students and Educators

Regina GongRegina Gong is the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU). Regina is actively involved in the open education community and has done numerous national presentations, webinars, and workshops on OER, open education, open educational practices, and Women of Color in OER (#WoCinOER). Regina currently serves in the Open Education Conference Steering Committee, SPARC Open Education Advisory Group, and a faculty, for the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Institute for Open Educational Resources. Previously, she was a member of the SPARC Steering Committee and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), where she served as VP for professional development for three years. Regina also provides leadership to the statewide Michigan OER Network (MI-OER), a community of practice, and a coalition of OER advocates across K-20 in Michigan. She is also a recipient of the OER Research Group Fellowship and a Global OER-Graduate Network (GO-GN) member. Regina obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University.

You can follow her on Twitter @drgong.

OpenCon Cleveland 2021 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
  • Melanie Gagich, Associate College Lecturer, First-Year Writing Program

OpenCon Cleveland Code of Conduct

Browse the contents of OpenCon 2021 Cleveland:

Asynchronous Lightning Talk Viewing and Discussion
Panel 1: Online Instruction and Tools
Panel 2: Open Educational Resource (OER) Usage
Panel 3: Social Justice and Open Pedagogy
Keynote Presentation: Regina Gong