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The Northeast Regional OER Conference Committee is excited to announce the fourth annual Northeast Regional OER Summit, a multi-state collaborative virtual event for new and experienced OER advocates offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research.

When: Monday, May 24 – Wednesday, May 26, 2021
: Virtual
: Free
Who Should Attend
: People engaged in open education initiatives, including students, faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, administrators and other campus leaders.

How to Register

Registration is accepted online: click Register Now above! Note: so we may make final preparations for the event, registration will close at 12 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 21.

To register online you will first need to login to the Iris Registration system. You can do this by creating an account with your email address and a password of your choice, or by logging in with an external account (such as Google or Facebook). If you have registered for an event with us in the past 18 months, you can sign in using your existing Iris Registration account. However, if the account has been inactive for 18 months, you will need to create a new account. Once you login you will be brought through the the online registration form, where you will enter in your attendee information, and continue through the confirmation page. There is no cost to attend this event. 

Registration is accepted on an individual basis, but you can register multiple attendees under one account. To register multiple attendees click Register Now, create an account, and complete the registration for the first attendee (proceeding through the payment selection page). Once that registration is completed, click the Registrations button in the top toolbar to be brought back to the registration summary screen. Click the Create Additional Registrations button to add the next attendee, and repeat as needed. 

For additional summit related details please click here.
For additional registration or payment information please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Office at 413-577-8102 or

Schedule Overview

Click here for the latest Summit schedule!

Note: all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Click here to convert to your local time. Click here to view the detailed summit schedule, including breakout session descriptions.

Monday, May 24
9AM - 5PMAll-day Genius Bar
10 - 11:50 AMMorning Workshop 
12 - 12:45 PM                     Lunch Break
12:45 - 1:55PM  Welcome/Opening Remarks and Keynote Address with Angela Haydel DeBarger
2 - 4:25PMAfternoon Sessions

Tuesday, May 25
9 AM - 5 PMAll-day Genius Bar
10 - 11:50 AM               Morning Workshops                                 
12 - 12:55 PM                       Lunchtime Student Panel: Unleashing the Power of Mass Students to Increase OER Awareness
1 - 4:25 PM    Afternoon Sessions

Wednesday, May 26
9 AM - 3 PMGenius Bar
10 - 11:50 AM   Morning Workshops
12 - 12:55 PM                        Lunch Break
12:45 - 1 PM    Closing Remarks                                     
1 - 2:55 PMAfternoon Open Sessions

Click here to see the Summit Program and full session descriptions.

Monday, May 24, 2021
Morning Workshops: 10 - 11:50 A.M.

        - Workshop #1:Building Partnerships with Students, Cailyn Nagle, US PIRG

Concurrent Session #1: 2 - 2:50 P.M.

        - Should(n’t) We Have a Community-Level Response to a Shared Trauma?: Exploring the Role of OER During the Coronavirus Crisis, Elizabeth Siler, Worcester State U, Sarah Hansen, MIT
        -  Emerging Issues in the National Open Education Landscape, Nicole Allen, SPARC
        - OER Focused on Students' Projects, Igor Baryakhtar, Massbay CC
        - OER Leadership Networks Grow the Open Education Field, Kevin Corcoran, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, Una Daly, Open Education Global
        - OER Course Flagging at Massachusetts Colleges: Case Studies and Lessons Learned, Members of the MA OER Advisory Council

Concurrent Session #2: 3 - 3:25 P.M.

        - Using OER for Assessment & Measuring Student Success, Nicole Simon,  SUNY
        - Piloting the H5PPressbooks- Canvas Integration, Jeremy Anderson, Bay Path University, Hugh McGuire, Pressbooks

        - Yay, Now What? Tips from a First-Time OER Stipend Coordinator, Katie Beth Ryan, Franklin Pierce University
        - Conducting a Faculty OER Audit: From Survey to Public Inventory, Steven Bell, Annie Johnson, Temple University
        - Create OERs Online Using BULB, David DeCamp, Amod Lele, Boston University 

Concurrent Session #3: 3:30 - 3:55 P.M.

        - Using the Code of Best Practice in Fair Use for OER to Teach About Civics and Social Activism, William Cross, North Carolina State University
        - Instructional Design and Course Planning with OER, Olena Zhadko, Susan Ko, CUNY Lehman College
        -  How to Develop an OER Roadmap for your Institution and Stick to It, Connie Strittmatter, Jacalyn Kremer, Fitchburg State University 
        - Engaging students to make the best use of OER textbooks, Yang Wu, Clemson University
        - History of Economic Thought made alive through student artifacts - A collaborative book, Florencia Gabriele, Emmanuel College

Concurrent Session #4: 4 - 4:25 P.M.

     - Equity through OER: A Blueprint and Rubric, Ann Fiddler, CUNY, Reta Chaffee, Granite State College
        - Using OER to Teach Subjects that Change Rapidly, Brian Jacobs, panOpen, Terry Gilmour, Midland College
        - Designing "Next Gen" MIT OpenCourseWare, Curt Newton, Daniel Seaton, MIT
        - How OER Got Me Through the Great Pivot & Other Observations, Lance Eaton, North Shore CC
        - A Journal of the Plague Year: Challenges, Growth and Lessons from 2020 at LibreTexts, Joshua Halpern, Libretexts

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Morning Workshops: 10 - 11:50 A.M

        - Workshop #1: Creating Supplemental Material for Open Educational Resources. A student faculty collaborative work, Nicholas Simon, Kevin Corcoran
        - Workshop #2: Workshop #2: Interactive Tools to Engage Participation, Dr. Karolina Kopczynski and Stuart Gamble

Concurrent Session #1: 1 - 1:50 P.M.

        - Open for Antiracism: Leveraging Open Education for Antiracist Reform, James Glapa-Grossklag, College of the Canyons, Una Daly CCCOER
        - Getting Everyone On Board for Open: Messaging to Campus Communities, Cailyn Nagle, USPIRG
        - Goodwin University OER: From Imagination to Implementation, Cynthia Hunt, Paula Dowd, Karrie Morin, Lisa Manley, Goodwin University
        - No OER? The Development and Implementation of an Innovative Online Health Science Doctoral Course Where Students and Faculty Work Together to Create OER, Shannon Compton, Terry DeVito, Julie Watson Bay Path University
        - From Framework to Practice: SUNY's Approach for Sustained Success, Michael Daly, SUNY, and Staff from SUNY campuses.

Concurrent Session #2: 2 - 2:50 P.M. 

        - Retrospective Accessibility Conversion for Existing OERs, Amy Beth Guttman, Samuel Finesurrey, Lauren Capellan CUNY
        - Shaping the Future of the Open Education Conference, Hailey Babb, SPARC
        - Building skills, setting goals, and discovering synergies: an OER faculty cohort supported through a workshop series, Westfield State University Faculty
        - Empowering Faculty to Transform Teaching with OER & OER enabled Pedagogy, Julie Curtis, Lumen Learning, Faculty participants - Panelists: Professor Nicole Simon, Ph. D, Trudi E. Jacobson, Misty Anderson
        - Reimagining STEM Education: Strengthening Networks, Centering Social Justice, and leveraging the Open Ecosystem, Karen Cangialosi, Keene State University, Carrie Diaz-Eaton, Bates College, Jasmine Roberts, OSU, Kaitlin Bonner, St. John Fisher College

Concurrent Session #3: 3 - 3:25 P.M.

        - Creating a Print-on-Demand Option for Digital OER, Jeremy Anderson, Bay Path University
        - OLI: An Open Learning Platform That Can Work For You, Robert Hoople, SUNY Oneonta
        - Texas Learn OER, Judith Sebesta, Digital Higher Education Consortium
        - MIT OpenCourseWare and the Chalk Radio Podcast: Communicating about OER at Scale (and How You Can, Too!), Sarah Hansen, Brett Paci, MIT
        - Going Beyond the Jargon: Research-based Messaging and Communications Guidance to Help You Scale OER, Allie Chamberlin, GMMB

Concurrent Session #4: 3:30 - 3:55 P.M

        - (Re)Centering Black Girl Greatness in the COVID classroom, Digital Spaces, and Beyond, Sherry Deckman, CUNY Lehman College, Jordan Bell, Dutchess CC
        - Effective OER Adoption Methodology, Linda Mullally, Becker College
        - Regional Leaders Transforming the Open Education Profession, Una Daly, Open Education Global
        - Open Pedagogy as a Tool to Increase Confidence and Lower Anxiety in Science Courses, Heather Miceli, Roger Williams University
        - Invisible Structures: Disconnects and Opportunities Related to Faculty and Student Understanding and Use of OAER Materials, Elizabeth Nelson, Christina, Riehman-Murphy, Penn State University

Concurrent Session #5: 4 - 4:25 P.M.

        - Assessing your OER program: Strategies for setting target goals, Connie Strittmatter, Fitchburg State University
        - Moving the needle: Advancing OER through intentional outreach, Myra Waddell, Heather Cyre, University of Washington Bothell
        - Valuing OER in Tenure and Promotion: the OER Contributions Matrix, Andrew McKinney, CUNY, Amanda Coolidge, BC Campus
        - Open Coursework for Language for Specific Purposes Courses, Emily Kuder, Connecticut College, Emma Waisman, George Washington University
        - “Being an Educator is Collaborative Work!”: Preparing Prek-12 Teachers to Share Openly in Teacher Education Coursework Jennifer Van Allen, Stacy Katz, CUNY Lehman College

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Morning Workshops: 10 - 11:50 A.M. 

        - Workshop #1: The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap: Developing an Action Plan for Implementing and Sustaining Your Open Pedagogy Project, Christina Riehman-Murphy, Bryan McGeary
        - Workshop #2: Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning: A Tale of Two Approaches, Robert Dolan
        - Workshop #3: Pressbooks and H5P, facilitated by Amy song
        - Workshop #4: Rebus Foundation - Building a New Publishing Ecosystem Based on Open Principles, Apurva Asho

Open Session #1: Community Connection - Open "Birds-of-a- feather" Session, 1 - 1:55 P.M. 

        - Open Pedagogy, Facilitated by: Lindsey Gumb
        - Advocate Toolkit, Facilitated by: Jillian Maynard, Kevin Corcoran
        - Sustaining a Movement
        - Equity
        - Inclusive Access

Open Session #2: OER Partners, 2 - 2:55 P.M.

        - Gerry Hanley, MERLOT, Skills Commons
        - Delmar Larsen, LibreTexts
        - Manuela Ambrosino, Lumen Learning
        - Melinda Boland, IKSME (Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management) OER Services
        - Anthony Palmiotto, OpenStax

Click here to access the full schedule and breakout session descriptions! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access sessions?

The Northeast OER Summit will be held virtually from Monday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 26, 2021. All sessions will be held live on Zoom, with some sessions running as meetings and others as webinars. Each session will have its own unique link to join, and prior to the event you will receive a schedule by email with all the links you will need. To access any session open this email and click the link corresponding to the session you wish to join. This will open your default web browser, where you can select to launch the Zoom app to join the meeting. When possible we recommend joining using the Zoom app on a desktop or laptop computer, instead of joining using your browser or using a device such as a phone or tablet. We also anticipate recording sessions, and will provide additional details regarding recordings as the Summit approaches. In preparation for the event, please install Zoom client for meetingssign up for a Zoom account if you don't have one yet, and reach out to UMass Conference Services ( if you need any assistance!

This is my first virtual event. How can I prepare?

We have we put together a whole bunch of information to help you prepare! Please click on the "Virtual Event Tips and Resources" tab above to see our suggestions on how to get the most out of your virtual experience. If you're completely new to Zoom you may also find it helpful to check out our detailed Zoom How-To Guide, as well as our Zoom Cheat Sheet!

What is the difference between a Zoom meeting and webinar?

We anticipate that most Summit sessions will be held as Zoom meetings, while others, such as keynotes, will be held as Zoom webinars. A Zoom meeting is more collaborative and allows attendees to see the videos and names of other participants in the meeting. Attendees can toggle between a few views in a meeting: "Speaker View" shows the active speaker, while "Galley View" displays a gallery of all attendees in the meeting in equal sized boxes (including their video or profile picture). Hosts can also "spotlight" a particular video, which will automatically display it large on the screen of all attendees, or share their screen to show a presentation. Attendees can interact with each other and the host/co-hosts via the chat, by selecting from a variety of "Reactions", or verbally. A Zoom webinar is "view-only" for attendees, and attendees will only see the videos of the hosts and panelists, as well as any presentations or materials displayed during screen sharing. In a webinar attendees can interact with each other and hosts/panelists via the Q&A, chat, and any polling questions, but cannot see the videos of other attendees in the session and can only speak when allowed by the host. Meetings are great for breakout sessions, while webinars work very well for larger sessions such as keynotes. 

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, we anticipate recording the sessions. For any session that runs as a webinar, attendee videos will not be visible during the session or on any recordings. However, if you type a question into the Q&A or use the chat feature, your name may be displayed on the recording. For any session that runs as a meeting, if your video is turned on please note your video will be visible both during the session and on the recording (except during screen share or if a presenter video is spotlighted). If you do not wish to appear on the recording, please keep your video off for the duration of the session. If you have any concerns about being recorded please contact us at Details on recordings and accessing recordings will be posted here once finalized.

When will I receive additional information about the Summit?

When you complete your registration you will automatically receive an informational email containing the latest information about the Summit. Leading up to the event, you can also expect to hear from us by email with pertinent updates and instructions on how to access virtual programming. Please add our email address ( to your contacts so you don't miss any of these follow-up emails! We're here to help you get the most out of your conference, so if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We can be reached at or 413-577-8102, however, please note we are currently working remotely so, when possible, we recommend contacting us by email for the most immediate assistance. 

How do I cancel my registration?

If your plans change after registering, please let us know! Cancellations should be submitted in writing to the UMass Conference Services Registration Office by email (

What should I do if I'm having trouble connecting?

If you're having trouble connecting to your session, it may be because the host has not yet started the session. If you join the session before the host does, you will see a message that says "Waiting for host to start this meeting." In this case, please wait for the host to join, and you should then be brought into the meeting without issue! Sessions may also use the "Waiting Room" feature, which puts you and other attendees into a virtual waiting room until the host and co-host are ready to begin. If this is the case, you will see a message that says "Welcome! Your session will start shortly." You will then be let into the session by the host once they are ready to begin..

If the meeting is in session but you can't connect, don't worry! First, make sure you are connected to the internet. If you have a weak connection, consider moving closer to your router or connecting directly to your router with an ethernet cable. If you are still having issues, close Zoom and reopen the meeting link (we will send you all of the necessary links by email prior to the program). If this doesn't work, we suggest restarting your device and trying again. If you are still having trouble connecting, please reach out to us at so we can further assist you.

Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! For the most immediate assistance, please email us at!

New to virtual events? 

We have put together tips and tricks, a Zoom how-to guide, and a Zoom cheat sheet to make your experience as seamless as possible! Please review the information below and contact us if we can be of any assistance. 

Prepare Before the Event
Check Your Internet Connection 

To get the most out of any virtual event, it is important to use reliable internet. If possible, ask others in your home to stay off of the internet when you are in a session to minimize the devices connected to your network. If your wireless internet frequently lags, kicks you off, or is generally unreliable, try to use a wired connection right from your computer into your router, and keep your camera off as much as possible. You could also see if there is somewhere else you can go for internet access, such as the home of a family member or friend, a library, or a local café. Some libraries are offering free outdoor wi-fi, allowing you to connect from a nearby parking lot or outdoor space. Unsure about your internet speed and reliability? Do a quick test of your internet speed on Google! This test will let you know your internet speed and how well it can handle multiple devices connected at the same time, video conferencing, and more. 

Download Zoom and Create an Account 

All Summit sessions, including both meetings and webinars, will be held live on Zoom, a web conferencing platform that you can download and use for free. To use Zoom, first visit their website and click the "Download" button under Zoom Client for Meetings. We recommend downloading Zoom onto a device with a larger screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, instead of using your phone or tablet. In addition to downloading Zoom, you will need to create a Zoom account if you do not yet have one. You can create an account by downloading Zoom and then opening the Zoom app. This will bring you to a login screen, and on the bottom right you can click the "Sign up for Free" button. You can also create an account by visiting their sign-up webpage here. It's a relatively easy process to download Zoom and create an account, but it does take a few minutes, so make sure to do this before the start of the summit! If you are unable to download Zoom you can instead join sessions from your browser, but we do recommend joining using the Zoom app when possible.

Choose Your Device Carefully 

If you have multiple devices, we recommend downloading Zoom onto the one with the largest screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, so that you can easily see what is going on. When possible, we don't recommend using your phone as it will be difficult to see what is happening on such a small screen, plus phone calls, emails, and text messages could be distracting. The features and functionalities of the mobile version of Zoom are also slightly different, so please note that our guide and cheat sheet are not fully applicable to the mobile or tablet version. 

Practice with Zoom 

If you are new to Zoom, we recommend taking advantage of some of the many resources available to familiarize yourself with how to use it! We have created a detailed Zoom how-to guide, as well as a Zoom cheat sheet for your reference. You can also practice on your own by joining a test Zoom meeting here, or checking out some of Zoom's beginner tutorials here. If you have any questions or need a little more support, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're more than happy to help you get squared away (! 

Create a Comfortable Space 

Find an area of your home where you will be comfortable, and ideally one that is private to minimize distractions. Arrange a comfortable chair in front of your screen. Set your screen up on a table, stand, or desk. Have everything you need, like a drink, snacks, and/or notepad and writing utensil, within reach. If you decide to have your camera on, consider the camera angle and the background your colleagues and fellow attendees will see, and perhaps rearrange or spruce up the space a bit. During the meeting, remove distractions and background noises by closing the doors and windows to your space, silencing your phone, and asking your family or housemates to be mindful of when you will be attending sessions. 

During the Event
Get Ready for Your Session 

One of the best ways to combat "Zoom fatigue" is to prepare yourself and your space in advance, and to get mentally and physically ready day-of. Consider stretching or going for a walk before sessions start. Brew a fresh cup of coffee or tea, fill up a water bottle, grab a notepad and pen, and give yourself at least 15 minutes to get your device up and running. Setup your space in the days leading up to the meeting (see the "Create a Comfortable Space" section above) and have anything that you might need during the session close by - you don't want to miss anything because you have to go grab some supplies or a drink! If you decide to leave your camera on, keep in mind the presenter and other meeting attendees will be able to see you, so make sure you and your background are camera ready. Lastly, silence your phone, close out of your email, minimize any other distractions, and enjoy your session! 

Take Advantage of Time In-Between Sessions 

The Summit will be full of great sessions, but nonetheless it can be helpful to rest, recharge, and enjoy some screen-free time when the schedule allows. Review the schedule to get a sense of when you will have some breaks or blocks of down time, and take advantage of these! When you have a break, try to get up and stretch. For longer breaks, consider taking a short walk to get some fresh air and recharge. These are also great chances to replenish any supplies, drinks, or snacks in preparation for the next session!

Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! For the most immediate assistance, please email us at!

For Summit Related Questions

Please visit the Northeast OER Summit website.

For Registration Related Questions

Please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at or 413-577-8102.

Please note: our office staff is currently working remotely. When possible, please contact us by email for the quickest response. Our email is monitored Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). We will reply to emails received outside of these hours as soon as possible on the following business day. We appreciate your patience and understanding!