OpenCon Ohio (previously OpenCon Cleveland) 2023 Conference

SAVE THE DATE!: May 19, 2023

Save the date for OpenCon Ohio 2023 on Friday, May 19th with asynchronous activities earlier in the week. Yes, you read that right—OpenCon Cleveland is now OpenCon Ohio. In keeping with the name change, OpenCon Ohio's theme this year will be the Transformative Power of Open Education.

OpenCon Ohio will be completely virtual again this year. 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.

Scroll down to find Call for Proposals and Registration information.

Keynote Speaker via Zoom!

Maha Bali, Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo.

Maha BaliMaha Bali is Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum), which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care, Socially Just Academia, a collaboration with OneHE: Community-building Resources and MYFest, an innovative 3-month professional learning journey. She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education. She blogs regularly at and tweets @bali_maha

The Keynote session is being sponsored by OhioLink, Ohio's statewide academic library consortium.

Call for Proposals

The OpenCon Ohio 2023 Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for lightning talk and presentations for OpenCon Ohio 2023, the transformed OpenCon Cleveland from years past.

In keeping with the name change, OpenCon Ohio’s theme is the Transformative Power of Open Education. We’d love to hear how open educational practices are transforming teaching and learning on your campus. Topics could include open educational practices supporting equity, access, and creativity, course redesign with OER and/or open pedagogy, sharing of teaching practices, and open education advocacy and strategy. Other topics are welcome.

Proposals can take the form of:

  • a 5-10 minute prerecorded lightning talk
  • a 45-minute stand-alone interactive workshop
  • a 45-minute panel discussion

Submit your proposal for a presentation by April 3, 2023

Decisions about accepted submissions will be communicated by April 19th, if not earlier. Proposals will be evaluated according to this proposal rubric.

Call for Registration

The OpenCon Ohio 2023 Planning Committee also invites you to register at this time with the following link: Register for OpenCon Ohio 2023 by May 10th, 2023! We hope to see you there!

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

OpenCon Ohio 2023 Planning Committee

Cleveland State University:

  • Mandi Goodsett, 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 (Committee Co-Chair), Business and Communication Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Laura Ray (Committee Co-Chair), 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
  • Anna Bendo, Director, Affordable Learning Initiative
The Ohio State University:
  • Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, University Libraries

Please feel free to direct any questions to the OpenCon Ohio 2023 Committee at

A schedule of events will be posted here towards the end of April 2023.


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