OpenCon Cleveland 2022 Conference

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.

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 lightning talks were available on our Slack Channel for all registrants of this Conference and are now available here.

    On Friday, May 20th the conference shifted to synchronous discussion in our three live panel events via Zoom. A keynote presentation, "Collaboration in Open Education", was given by Anita R. Walz. Videos for these sessions are now available (scroll down to Schedule for details)!

    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.

    Thank you for joining 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 "Collaboration in Open Education"

Anita R. Walz, Virginia Tech

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

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM