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Registration is open for FLVC’s Open Educational Resources Summit

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Florida Virtual Campus will host Florida’s first Open Educational Resources Summit from Feb. 7-8 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida. FLVC is a Complete Florida Plus Program, managed by the University of West Florida Division of Research and Strategic Innovation. The summit was originally scheduled for Sept. 7-8, 2017 in Daytona Beach, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. Participants will hear from Cable Green, director of Open Education, as well as other national and campus leaders involved in defining and driving OER strategy and initiatives.

“Not even a hurricane would prevent us from being able to provide valuable OER information to state and campus leaders,” said Dr. John Opper, executive director of Distant Learning and Student Services at FLVC. “Attendees will discuss the components of a sustainable OER program, elements of a successful faculty-driven OER program, the key concerns relating to the quality of open textbooks and how to address them, and the return on investment for students and institutions.”

Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning and research purposes. One state-funded resource for storing and sharing OER is the Orange Grove, an online collection of textbooks and educational materials available to Florida students for free. Using this resource, students can find textbooks for a range of courses, from English composition to oceanography to precalculus.

State and campus leaders involved in defining and driving OER strategies and initiatives in higher education, including faculty, librarians, instructional designers, administrators and other thought leaders are encouraged to attend this event. Registration is $100 per attendee. For more information regarding the summit or to register, visit flvc.org/oersummit.

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