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Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources: Conferences and Opportunities

Hypothesis Partner Workshops

Hypothesis Partner Workshops | June, July

The workshops listed below are being hosted by the Hypothesis Customer Success Team, and are designed to help faculty and instructors learn more about using social annotation in their courses to make reading active, visible, and social.

Just getting started with Hypothesis? Come join our mini intro workshops below to learn how to add Hypothesis to readings in your learning management system (LMS).

Want to make sure that you're taking full advantage of the features of Hypothesis? Join us in one of these mini sessions.

Have questions about implementing Hypothesis? Want to collaborate and learn from other instructors using Hypothesis at their institutions? Pop in to Office Hours with our success team to ask questions and engage with peers about social annotation with Hypothesis.

Looking forward to seeing you in one of our summer sessions!

Becky & Eryn, Hypothesis Customer Success Team

2021 Florida OER Summit |

The 2021 FL OER Summit Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposal submissions for the FL OER Summit 2021.  The 2021 summit will be held virtually on May 13th and 14th and is designed for attendees to expand the implementation and use of OER at their college or university.  Accepted proposals will be featured on either day 1 or day 2 of this year’s event. 

Topics of interest for this year’s summit: 

  1. Peer-review standards and approval processes (How to choose an open and affordable resource?) 
  2. Relationships required to sustain OER (Who did you work with to start, build, or sustain your program?) 
  3. Grant recipient stories (Where did you get funding and how did you spend it?) 
  4. Library infused and affordable options; Licensing and Copyright (Where and how did you incorporate library and copyrighted content?) 
  5. Beyond the textbook with alternative and ancillary materials (What OER items are you using with your textbooks?) 
  6. Integrations with the Learning Management System (How do you infuse open and affordable resources into the LMS?) 
  7. Adaptive technology/learning, Application of OER through Edtech (What are you using?  How does it impact OER? How do you keep it open?) 
  8. Platforms for OER (Where are you making and hosting? Fees vs. Free options) 
  9. Impact of pandemic on OER and FL courses (What changes are you making?  Where does the future take us with a pandemic?) 

 Types of submissions: 

  • Session Speaker Presenter(s) Day 1 and 2- 30 minutes 
  • Session Speaker or Panelist Presenter(s) Day 1 and 2- 1 hour 
  • Workshop Presenter(s) Day 1 and 2- 1 hour 
  • Workshop Presenter(s) Day 1 and 2- 2 hours 
  • Lightning Round Presenter Day 1 and 2- 10 minutes 
  • Poster Presenter(s)- Day 1- 2 hours 
  • Pre-recorded Presenter(s) Day1 and 2- Max 10 minutes 

 Panels and collaborative sessions, along with handouts, resources, and specific examples of how you implemented OER are encouraged.  

Proposals will be due by March 26, 2021 via the Online Submission Form.  The planning committee strives to host an inclusive and accessible conference and encourages proposals that reflect a wide range of lived experience and perspectives. Students are encouraged to participate, and scholarships may be available for student presenters.  The planning committee will deliver decisions by April 5, 2020.  Invited presenters will be asked to accept or decline the invitation to present by April 9, 2020.  Please note that all presenters will need to register for the summit. 

 If you have any questions about the proposal process or summit, please contact Rebel Cummings-Sauls,

2021 Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit | March 31-April 23, 2021

On behalf of the Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE), it is an honor to announce the 2021 Learning Innovations Summit, scheduled for March 31-April 23, 2021

Please visit our newly-launched website for this year’s event: 2021 Learning Innovations Summit (Easy access URL:

This year’s summit will feature:

  • State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2021 (Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Lightning Round sessions (Fridays, April 2-23 from 9am-3pm)
  • Online Excellence Showcase (TBD for April)
  • Opportunities to earn digital badges

The Call for Proposals is also available for the Lightning Round sessions, so please share this opportunity widely with your colleagues and keep an eye on the calendar as those sessions are scheduled.

Cascadia Open Education Summit | April 27-29, 2021

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What is the Cascadia Open Education Summit?

Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021 is a free digital conference that explores innovation, research, and best practices in open education around the theme of “Regional influence. Global impact.” 

We are proud to co-host this event alongside California State University, Long Beach; Open Oregon Educational Resources; and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Registration for the Cascadia Open Education Summit is free and now open! Secure your spot today!

Open Ed Southern Symposium | July 12-16, 2021

The Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS) planning committee is excited to announce that registration  for OESS 2021 is now open! This year the Symposium will be held virtually on the Whova platform July 12 - 16, 2021 with programming being broken up over the course of the week rather than holding our normal full day and a half event.

OESS2020’s conference theme is “Open Connections: Regional and Local Community Building for Equity and Sustainability” and will feature keynote Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for professionals and advocates, both new and experienced, engaged in open education to gather, learn, and share.

Registration Is Now Open!

Standard registration rate: $35

Student registration rate (limit 25): Free*

*This rate is made possible through the support and assistance of the Global Campus and is only available to undergraduate and graduate students. Please contact the Planning Committee at for more information on how to register.

Registration is limited to 450 attendees.

Register now!

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas ( or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee at

Additional Information

Please visit the Open Education Southern Symposium website at for more information on the conference.

We hope to see you in July!

Stephanie Pierce, Organizer and Planning Chair, University of Arkansas

Shaun Bennett, North Carolina State University

Will Cross, North Carolina State University

Alison Edwards, North Carolina State University

Kathy Essmiller, Oklahoma State University

Natalie Hill, University of New England

Lora Lennertz, University of Arkansas

Jocelyn Tipton, University of Mississippi

Mary Thompson Price, University of Arkansas

Elaine Thornton, University of Arkansas

Scott Wright, University of Arkansas

2021 Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee

OEN Summit | June 14-18, 2021

Mark your calendars for this year’s OEN Summit, happening from June 14-18, 2021

The Summit is an opportunity to connect with the open education community, showcase your efforts, exchange expertise, and explore challenges in a supportive, collaborative environment. It will once again be free of charge, and open to OEN members and nonmembers alike. Special members-only events led by the Summit Planning Committee will be a place for us to share, ideate, and have a little fun while doing so! 

We look forward to celebrating our community and connecting with you all in June! Stay tuned for additional information, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions regarding joining the committee in the meantime