OpenCon Cleveland 2022 Conference

Save the date!: May 20, 2022

OpenCon Cleveland will be completely virtual again this year and will be held on May 20, 2022. 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 Ohio, are all welcome to this FREE series of presentations and discussions. The theme of OpenCon this year is Collaboration in Open Education.

Call for Registration!

The OpenCon Cleveland Planning Committee invites you to join us for virtual OpenCon Cleveland 2022 on Friday, May 20. During the preceding week, there will be asynchronous lightning talk viewing and discussion. Friday, May 20 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!

The registration deadline is: May 13, 2022

Register here:

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Here’s what you can look forward to at the conference!

  • The theme of our event this year is collaboration in open education.
  • The event begins on Monday, May 16th when attendees can view lightning talks at their leisure via our Slack channel. Conference attendees are also encouraged to participate in asynchronous discussions via Slack.
  • May 16 – 20: Lightning Talk Presentations

    These will be available on our Slack Channel for all registrants of this Conference.

    • Faculty Perceptions of an OER Stipend Program – Christopher Hollister and Joseph Patton, University at Buffalo
    • Let’s Join the Wagon: Awareness and Supporting of OER Initiatives among Librarians in Nigeria – Alkasim Hamisu Abdu, Yusuf Maimama Sule University, Kano-Nigeria
    • Collaboratively Creating OER Resources: Faculty and Library Perspectives - Simon Ringsmuth and Kathryn Weinland, Oklahoma State University
    • Arms Wide Open: Building an Inclusive Open Education Week at a Southeastern University - Chelsee Dickson, Kennesaw State University
    • Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: How to Transform a Course with Open Pedagogy through Teamwork - Amanda Larson, The Ohio State University
    • Fostering Collaboration in the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative – Shelley Rose, Molly Buckley-Marudas, Christopher Rennison, Cleveland State University
    • Open Textbooks to Open Career Paths - Deborah B. Gaspar, Rowan University
    • Let’s Get Together!: Librarian-Faculty Partnership on an Open Test Bank Project - Caitlin Balgeman & Michael Slavkin, Marian University
    • Facilitating an Open and Affordable Course Content Publishing Internship - Barb Loomis and Mandi Goodsett – Cleveland State University, and Jaimeson Oakley – Kent State University
    • Tailoring and Adapting Existing Open Access Course Material - Patricia Stoddard Dare, Cleveland State University

    On Friday, May 20th the conference will shift to synchronous discussion in our three live panel events via Zoom and participants can ask questions of the speakers (see details under Schedule below). A keynote presentation given by Anita R. Walz will take place at 3:30 p.m.

    Keynote Speaker (May 20) via Zoom!

    Anita R. Walz, Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech

    Anita WalzAnita R. Walz is associate professor at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. In her role as Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian she aims to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, create, and publicly share learning resources which are more accessible to students and flexible to potential adopters. She holds a Master degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Philosophy from Wheaton College and has 20 years of experience working in international, government, school, and academic libraries. She recently led a multi-institutional team of faculty and librarians from Virginia Tech and Cleveland State University to generate and review a sharable test bank resource for the open textbook, Strategic Management. Her research interests include: library involvement in open educational resource initiatives, collaboration, library publishing, economics of higher education, and effective teaching practices for college-age and adult learners.

    We hope you can join us!

    Thanks to those who made a contribution to this event! Please feel free to direct any questions to Mandi Goodsett at

    OpenCon Cleveland 2022 Planning Committee

    Cleveland State University:

    • 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, Senior College Lecturer, First-Year Writing Program
    Cuyahoga Community College:
    • Kevin Dranuski, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Learning Excellence (CLE)
    Ohio Dominican University:
    • Anna Davis, Associate Professor & Department Head, Mathematics Department
    The Ohio State University:
    • Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, University Libraries

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Friday, May 20th
12:00 PM

Session #1: Open Question Sets and Exercises: Tips for Finding and Creating

Joanna Blair, Centennial College


12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

1:00 PM

Session #2: OhioLINK OER Course Redesign Panel

Anna Bendo, OhioLINK
Patrick Anderson, Central State University
Molly Wang, Kent State University
Elizabeth Golba, Kettering College
Kathleen Bryan, University of Cincinnati
Gwen Gray Schwartz, University of Mount Union
Pam Epler, Youngstown State University
Anna Davis, Ohio Dominican University
Ben Richards, Cleveland State University


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

2:00 PM

Session #3: Library Content and Targeted Course Marketing

Danny Dotson, The Ohio State University


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

3:30 PM

Keynote Presentation

Anita R. Walz, Virginia Tech

Via Zoom--Details will be sent to registrants of the event

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM