Teaching & Learning Conference

Fredonia's 11th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

Please add a description of this image.Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Williams Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 

Conference Presentations & Handouts

(Free registration for SUNY CPD campuses, $15 for attendees from SUNY Non-CPD campuses, $25 for attendees from non-SUNY campuses)  



This year's conference will focus on the use of Open Education Resources (OER) as a strategy for providing students with access to high-quality and affordable educational content.  OERs are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. These resources can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. 

Conference Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00 am: Sign-In and Refreshments
9:00 - 9:20 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:20 – 11:00 am: Keynote Address presented by Dr. C. Edward Watson
11:00 – 11:15 am: Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm: OER Licensing and Conditions of Use presented by Alexis Clifton, Executive Director, Open SUNY Textbooks
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Faculty Panel Discussion (provided for all registrants)
1:30 - 1:45 pm: Transition Time
1:45 – 4:00 pm: Hands on OER Adoption

Conference Presentations & Handouts

Morning Sessions: 

Keynote Presentation: How to Reach the Full Potential Offered by Open Educational Resources (OERs) presented by Dr. C. Edward Watson

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are resulting in a great deal of excitement in higher education today, not only because they save students money, but because their successful adoption by faculty is also being found to have positive impacts on a number of student success metrics.  With that said, there are key challenges that faculty and institutions must resolve to achieve the full benefits of OERs.  This keynote is designed to address the complete range of topics associated with OERs.  Attendees will learn about what constitutes an OER, where to find high quality OERs, proven course redesign strategies customized for OER adoption; and what resources are being developed to complement OER textbooks.  Research regarding faculty and student perceptions of OERs will also be shared as will emerging research regarding the impact of OERs on students in large enrollment general education courses.  Those attending this session will leave with a broad understanding of the value of OERs as well as practical strategies for finding/authoring, adopting, and utilizing these materials in their own courses.

Please add a description of this image.About the Keynote Speaker: C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. joined the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Summer 2017 as Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives.  He was previously the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia (UGA) where he led university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, learning technologies, media production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  At UGA, he launched and led an OER initiative that has saved UGA students over $2.5 million to date.  Dr. Watson is also the executive editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the International Journal of ePortfolio and is on the board of directors for the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning; the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-based Learning; and the Reacting to the Past Consortium. He is author of two new books, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past - Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave MacMillan), both published in 2017.


Copyright and the Commons presented by Alexis Clifton, Executive Director, Open SUNY Textbooks

Open educational content is made possible by flexible copyright licensing: Creative Commons copyrights and public domain materials are powerful tools in our classrooms. This session will examine the role that copyright plays in education, and why fair use may not actually be as fair as we think. We will review what Creative Commons allows authors, creators, and users to do in order to shape the best learning experiences possible for our students.   

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About the Speaker: Alexis Clifton is the Executive Director of SUNY OER Services (SOS), working across the system to establish and sustain effective campus OER programs. Prior to joining SOS in February of this year, Alexis worked at Lumen Learning to aid faculty and administrators in identifying their primary needs to shape OER content and programs effectively. She spent 15 years in higher education as a writing instructor, instructional designer, and course developer in the humanities. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University and a BA in English Literature and Language from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She abandoned textbooks in her composition classes at Tacoma Community College in 2008 and has been a passionate user and advocate of OER ever since.

Afternoon Breakouts: 

Hands on OER Adoption 
1:45 - 4:00 pm
All afternoon sessions will be held in computer labs. Feel free to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)!

Join a session where you can connect with faculty from your discipline or a discipline closely related to your field. In this session you will be introduced to OER currently being used in your field and you will have the opportunity to be the process of reviewing content you may be able to adopt as a replacement to traditional publisher generated content. Librarians and instructional design experts will also be on hand to answer questions and assist with resource exploration. 

Tracks Available: 

  • Arts & Humanities with Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services
    Location: Library Classroom, 1st floor Reed Library
  • English Composition & First Year with Ryan Hersha, English, Corning Community College
    Location: Fenton 2162
  • Mathematical Sciences with  David Usinski, Mathematics, Erie Community College
    Location: Thompson 203
  • OER for All Disciplines with Leah Galka, Outreach & Engagement Librarian, Buffalo State College and Tony DeFranco, Coordinator of Learning Technology Services, Tompkins Cortland Community College
    Location: Thompson 217
  • Social Sciences with Amber Gilewski, Psychology,Tompkins Cortland Community College
    Location: Fenton 2164
  • Science, Technology and Engineering with Maria Pacheco, Chemistry, Buffalo State College & Tori Matthews, Biology, Monroe Community College
    Location: Science Center 121

Professional Development Center (PDC)

126 Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-4864