OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Advancing OER friendly policy in state legislatures

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State government leaders can accelerate the adoption of OER in higher ed and k-12, but first they have to know about OER and understand its advantages. This panel will address the best ways you can inform legislators about OER and encourage OER friendly policies in your state. It will feature Hon. Donna Howard, currently serving her seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives, who led the passage of major OER legislation this spring.  Joining her will be Nicole Allen, an experienced grassroots organizer, and Daniel Williamson, an OER Producer. Together, we will discuss the best practices for communicating and working with legislators, explore the key components of OER friendly policies, and outline effective ways to organize and mobilize constituents. We will look at these principles in practice, using OpenStax's work in Texas over the past 3 years as an example of successful OER advocacy.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role, she leads SPARC’s work to advance openness and equity in education, which includes a robust state and federal policy program, a broad librarian community of practice, and a leadership program for open education professionals... Read More →
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Scott Hochberg

Policy Advisor, OpenStax
I served twenty years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in education issues, and passed Texas first OER legislation, as well as other open government measures. Talk to me about effectively telling the OER story to policymakers.
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Donna Howard

State Rep., D-Austin, State Representative, D-Austin
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Daniel Williamson

Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Daniel Williamson manages the day to day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate, and passionate advocate of equity in education... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm PDT
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