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OECG: Webinars and Course Marking Retreat

June 14, 2022

Thanks to everyone who joined our Course Marking Retreat and our Open Education Course marking Grant Webinars on Tuesday, June 14, 2023.


Getting Started with Course Marking:

Course marking, or tagging courses that utilize OER, low-cost, or other no-cost course materials provide students with the power and agency to make informed course registration decisions based on their own financial situations. Practitioners from the Northeast, Marcel Raisbeck, Kevin Corcoran, and Andrew McKinney, will provide a broad overview of course marking definitions, share examples, and provide attendees with a roadmap to get started.

Course Marking-Lessons Learned from the Field:

Panelists Boyoung Chae, Suyneen “Sunny” Pai, & Lisa Young, practitioners from the Open Education community, will share lessons learned from their experiences implementing course marking at their respective institutions and systems. Panelists will cover communication strategies, stakeholder engagement, data collection, and essential topics to help others embark on this journey.


Other resources:

OECG retreat workbook fillable copy, which includes agenda, panelist biographies and fill-able workshops for our Course Marking Retreat.
Click here to view the Getting started with course marking presentation.
Click here to view the Course Marking: Lessons Learned from the Field presentation.


About the panelists

Marcel Raisbeck is a Junior in the Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) program and the Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (DDHS) Letter of Specialization at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work at Middlesex Community College from 2015-2021 included serving as a Supplemental Instructor, a Student OER Ambassador, and doing non-paid peer support work. At his current institution, Marcel’s advocacy work specializes in the intersection between ableism/disablism and other injustices. OER has been a common thread for advocacy through his entire educational career, as non-open educational materials are less accessible, less inclusive, and often incur additional costs for Disabled students to get audio, braille, or digital copies. Outside the classroom, you can find Marcel on a date with his partner, hanging out with friends at the Dining Commons, or playing Minecraft.

Kevin Corcoran is the Associate Vice President of Digital Learning for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System. Kevin is responsible for the development and support of system-wide strategies for the effective use of digital learning tools and content that focuses on quality standards and practices, student engagement, accessibility and affordability. He currently chairs both the statewide Connecticut OER Coordinating Council and the system wide CSCU OER Council. Kevin previously served on the Steering Committee for the Northeast OER Summit and served as chair for the DOERS3 collaborative.

Andrew McKinney, PhD is the OER Coordinator for the Office of Library Services at the City University of New York’s Central Office. In this role, he helps oversee the CUNY OER Program, a $4 million a year initiative that supports, promotes, and incentivizes the use of Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost materials at all the undergraduate serving institutions of the City University of New York. Andrew is also a member of the steering committee of Driving OER for Sustainable Success (DOERS3), a collaborative of higher education systems and statewide/province wide organizations that are committed to supporting student success by promoting free, customizable open educational resources (OER). As the chair of the DOERS3 Capacity Building Working Group, he has spearheaded several projects including the DOERS3 OER Contributions Matrix, a tool to help faculty talk about their open education work in their tenure and promotion dossiers, and is currently working on a book length project to collect case studies of the inclusion of open education work in the tenure, promotion, and reappointment process. Andrew holds a PhD in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center and has worked or studied at CUNY in some capacity for the last 17 years.

Boyoung Chae is a Policy Associate of Educational Technology and Open Education with the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC). She completed a master’s in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. She led the development of several state-wide OER initiatives through professional development offerings, research, and policy work. Her work is informed by a data-driven, policy-informing process. Some of the notable projects she’s managed and implemented include the Open Course Library, Open Washington and OER 101, and Washington state’s community college system OER/Low-Cost Labeling Policy. A few years back, with her SBCTC colleague Mark Jenkins, she co-authored an OER research report awarded the Open Education Consortium’s Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence, and a book chapter for UNESCO publication (Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs, and Transformation).

Sunyeen (Sunny) Pai is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kapiʻolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and oversees the open computer lab, IT for Library and Learning Resources, and the testing center. She manages the college’s institutional repository and develops online collections of local works by students, faculty, and the community. She supports her college, the seven community college system, and the ten-institution university system in adopting open educational resources and offering Textbook Cost Zero courses. She serves as the vice president of the Hawaiʻi Library Association. https://about.me/sunyeen/.

Lisa Young, with thirty years of experience as faculty in higher education currently serves as the Faculty Administrator for Open Education and Innovation for the Maricopa Community Colleges Academic and Student Affairs department. Prior to this role, Dr. Young served as the Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Scottsdale Community College where she led efforts in eLearning, faculty development, open educational practices, and more. Dr. Young is currently serving as the Vice President of OE Global and has previously served as co-President of the Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources (CCCOER). She is a founding member of the Maricopa Millions project and notes that open education is her professional passion.



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