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Registration Available for Free Virtual OpenCon Cleveland 2022 (Asynchronous Starting Mon., May 16; Live on Fri., May 20)–Deadline Fri., May 13

(via Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University)

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 Friday, May 13. Register here.

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!

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 16, 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.
  • On Friday, May 20, 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 Anita Walz will take place at 2:30 PM CDT.

More information about the virtual OpenCon 2022 Cleveland event can be found here.

Keynote Speaker (May 20) via Zoom 

Anita Walz

Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech

Anita 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.

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