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VIVA: OTN Best Practices Forum

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

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Norfolk State University

Open & Affordable Course Content Forum

Beginning in 2019, VIVA began having an annual Open & Affordable Course Content Forum, covering existing and emerging issues in the field.

Previous to this, in 2017 and 2018, VIVA held an annual Open Textbook Network (OTN) Best Practices Forum. This forum was an opportunity to reconnect and share with other statewide leaders lessons learned in the course of the program.  Presentations can be found on the VIVA Presentations page.

2019 Open & Affordable Course Content Forum

The 2019 Open & Affordable Course Content Forum was held on Friday, September 27th at the VCCS System Office in Richmond. We were fortunate to have Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as our keynote speaker. Session topics included updates on the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and VIVA initiatives, a faculty panel, and a variety of topics presented by Virginia library leaders in OER.

2019 Open and Affordable Course Content Forum Agenda


Registration and Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome, OACC Committee Chair and Vice Chair

10:15 - 11:00 

Keynote: Rajiv Jhangiani

11:00 - 11:15

Break/Move to breakout rooms

11:15 - 12:00 

Breakout Sessions

Starting the OER Discussion

Ruth Castillo, Emory and Henry College 

Jolie Lewis, Emory and Henry College

OER Opportunities Beyond OTN

Hillary Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University

Olivia Reinauer, Tidewater Community College

Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University

Retooling the OTN Presentation

Liz Thompson, James Madison University

Kyle Binaxas, Richard Bland College

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 1:45

Faculty Panel: Building Successful Partnerships

Jenifer Kurtz, Virginia Western Community College

Liz Johnson, James Madison University

Matt DeCarlo, Radford University

1:45 - 2:00

OTN Update

2:00 - 2:15 

VIVA Update

2:15 - 2:30 

Wrap up 



Committee Chair

Dale Dulaney
Virginia Western Community College

Institutional Representatives

Matthew DeCarlo
Radford University

Mary Hanlin
Thomas Nelson Community College

Lucretia McCulley
University of Richmond

Hillary Miller
Virginia Commonwealth University