Author Archives: Jamison Miller

OpenVA 2.1 Live stream link

As promised, here is the link to our live stream:

Tips: don’t use Google’s Chrome browser, it doesn’t play well with our streaming software. Also, you can toggle between seeing what our presenters are putting on screen and the room view by clicking “screen” and “camera” in the lower right corner.
We will do our best to stick to the posted agenda, (although we expect to take a few minutes longer to get lunch together) so use that as a guide to where we are in the program. We aren’t set up to take questions through the live streaming software, but you can tweet questions under the hashtag #openva and direct them to me @millerjamison. Emailing them to me will work too. I’ll do my best to get your voice heard!

OpenVA 2.1 Agenda

At long last we have firmed up the agenda for OpenVA 2.1! Landing at William & Mary this coming Saturday, the event is packed with a diverse set of disciplinary and institutional perspectives. As any updates (such as presentation titles) and amendments come up, I will update them here. I will also be emailing those registered with detailed directions and possible venues for follow up discussion. At this point we are nearly fully booked, but have room for a few more attendees before we lock it down. So if you’ve been putting off registration, now’s the time! If we fill up before you can register, or if you just couldn’t fit in the trip, we will be live streaming and recording the event for future reference. The link will be posted here on

OpenVA 2.1 | May 2, 2015 | The College of William and Mary

10:00 – 10:30 | Coffee, sign-in, getting settled

10:30 – 10:40 | Welcome
Introduction: Diane Ryan, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (TCC)

  • Michele Jackson, Associate Provost for University ELearning Initiatives (W&M)

10:40 – 11:30 | Session 1: Intro to OER
Moderator: Richard Sebastian, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (VCCS)

11:30 – 11:40 | Break

11:40 – 12:25 | Keynote and lunch
Introduction: Gene Roche, Executive Professor of Higher Education (W&M)

  • Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success, Dean of University College, and Associate Professor of English (VCU)
    The Grand Narrative of a Way of Life in an Open Integrated Domain

12:25 – 12:30 | Break

12:30 – 1:45 | Session 2: Exemplary Practice
Moderator: Jim Groom, Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (UMW)

  • Jennifer Kidd, Senior Lecturer of Teaching and Learning (ODU)
    Create your own OERS: Student-Generated Text(book)s
  • Andrea Livi Smith, Chair/Associate Professor of Historic Preservation (UMW)
    System D
  • Tom Geary, Assistant Professor of English (TCC)
  • Sue Fernsebner, Associate Professor of History (UMW)
    Rebel Kingdoms, OERs, and Student Authorship

Closing: Beverly Covington, Policy Analyst for Academic Affairs and Planning (SCHEV) and Diane Ryan (TCC)


OpenVA 2.1 Updates

You may have seen an email recently that brought you to the site, either to find more details or to register. If not, below is a copy of the email we sent to get the word out. Hope to see you on May 2nd!

We are excited to announce “OpenVA 2.1”, a 3-hour workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) that will be hosted at the College of William and Mary on Saturday, May 2nd.   Although OER are gaining exposure and adoption across the globe, awareness remains one of the chief obstacles to implementation. This event, then, is about fostering a rich and varied awareness of the many faces of OER.  We are organizing two focused panels to critically discuss:

  1. the current OER landscape and what constitutes OER, and
  2. first-hand accounts of OER implementation from a variety of disciplines and contexts

These panel sessions will be broken up by an expectedly spirited keynote address from Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Space in the agenda will be reserved for audience input, as we hope to encourage an engaged dialogue relevant to attendees.  And lunch is on us!

Who should attend: This event is intended to embrace administrators, faculty, librarians, and technologists with interests in OER – from piqued novices to seasoned veterans. We will be hearing from programs that are just starting out in their investigations of OER, to fully integrated curricula. Those attending OpenVA 2.1 will be exposed to a variety of perspectives and reflections about OER and their implementation, as well as resources for exploring OER in their disciplines. There are no prerequisites. Topics such as course (re)design utilizing OER, concerns about quality and copyright, and why OER are gaining traction in higher education are likely to be engaged.

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 10 for coffee); conversations to continue offsite following the event.

Where: Media Center
Ground floor, Swem Library
The College of William and Mary
400 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(Free weekend parking available in all campus lots)

The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required as there is a cap of 50 attendees.  Register at  Please distribute immediately to interested staff and faculty.

For questions, please contact Beverly Covington or Jamison Miller.

And please circulate widely!


OpenVA 2.1: May 2nd, 2015

This spring we are following through with the promise made at the 2014 conference to hold smaller, more focused campus workshops. Our focus will be open educational resources (OER) that were the topic of one of the sessions at the summit. The intent is to raise OER awareness both at the College of William & Mary and regionally while also continuing the fruitful dialogue from last October. Read on for more details and be sure to register before we cap out at 80 50 registrants. Registration is free, and lunch is on us!


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Blink And You’ll Miss It! / Pete / CC BY 2.0

We’re back, with a workshop!

This spring we are holding the first in what we hope will be a long series of campus based workshops  that will supplement the Annual OpenVA conferences, but we have decided to change up the format a bit. The first two conferences brought together students, educators, learning technology specialists and administrators to share innovative practices using OER. Since that time, the planning committee has remained engaged enthusiastic about furthering the work in this area.

We’re taking the OER conversation to The College of William and Mary on Saturday, May 2nd. The event is free and open to all, and will focus on practices from around the state involving OER. We will be sharing ideas about what constitutes OER, how to find them, how to vet them, and how to use them. Stories will be shared from the trenches of implementation–successes and failures–and there will be space for participants to bring their own questions and insights.

Some event presenters will be invited by the planning committee based on its prior knowledge of their work and its relevance to the topics.  However, there is also an open call on the website for submissions so that the committee can learn about other examples and incorporate them into a robust schedule for the roughly 3-hour event.

Gardner Campbell - photo by darcyWe’re thrilled to have Gardner Campbell visit us from VCU as our keynote speaker. Gardner  is Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success, Dean of University College, and Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been involved in teaching and learning technologies for over two decades, including work at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on Renaissance literature, film, and teaching and learning technologies. You can read Gardner’s blog, “Gardner Writes,” at, where you can also download his most recent CV.

Fernsebner PicWe’re also excited to be hearing from Sue Fernsebner, Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is the founding co-chair of the Digital Scholars Institute at UMW, a program dedicated to supporting university faculty in their development of digital projects in pedagogy and research. Susan has shared her work in the digital realm in numerous forums since 2007 including presentations at national and international conferences for the American Historical Association and the Association of Asian Studies, at regional events including OpenVA and UMW’s Faculty Academy, as well as in local workshops on technology and curriculum development, among others.

As further details about presenters and the format emerge, we will post them here. In the meantime, you can register for the event, which will be free of charge, here:

If you have any questions, please let us know.