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VIVA: 2021 Open and Affordable Course Content Forum

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2021 Open and Affordable Community Forum

Open for All: Expanding Inclusion, Expanding Impact

September 24, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Register for the Forum here:

Please note VIVA's Code of Conduct

KEYNOTE: Open education & open capabilities in a time of social change

Catherine Cronin 


The potential benefits of open education are often considered in three areas: improving educational access, enhancing pedagogy and advancing equity. Ample evidence over many years has shown the potential value of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) for sharing and accessing educational resources, designing meaningful forms of assessment, fostering cooperation and collaboration, developing digital/data literacies, and contributing to public knowledge. But openness is not a panacea; it cannot be disentangled from wider efforts to foster learner agency and further equity. During a time when local and global inequalities have been exposed so dramatically, this keynote explores how open educational practices, in a range of diverse contexts, can be useful and meaningful for learners and teachers, for all who support and lead within higher education, and for our wider communities.


Catherine Cronin is Strategic Education Developer at Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education where her work focuses on critical approaches to digital and open education, spanning practice and policy. Involved in teaching, research and advocacy in higher education and in the community for over 30 years, Catherine is a regular contributor to conversations and collaborative projects in the area of open education, within Ireland and globally. You can find Catherine at @catherinecronin and

Time Session
10:00 AM


Steve Litherland, Chair of the VIVA Open and Affordable Course Content Committee (TCC)

10:15 - 11:15


Dr. Catherine Cronin, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 

11:15-11:30 Break

Faculty Panel

The faculty panel will provide an overview of the development and implementation of open education resources across Virginia.

12:15-1:00 Lunch

Roundtable Discussions and Lightning Talks 

A series of lighting talks from VIVA institutions will highlight specific efforts to expand inclusion and impact in open education projects around the state. Roundtables will provide a venue for participants to actively participate in a conversation around the opportunities and challenges of community led efforts to embed principles of inclusivity within open education efforts.


VIVA Update

Anne Osterman, VIVA Director 


Wrap Up

Dale Dulaney, Chair of the Open and Affordable Community Forum Planning Committee (VWCC)