DATE: Thursday, May 07 at 10 a.m.
TITLE: Responding to Publisher Course Materials Proposals
Some of the key benefits of OER, such as day one access and affordability, are being co-opted by new commercial efforts like automatically billed access codes. These products and publishers partnerships have raised new concerns around student access and privacy, and threaten to entrench some of the most worrisome trends that have led to skyrocketing textbook costs over the past few decades. Advocates can sometimes struggle to rebut these "inclusive access" proposals on their merits, and can only articulate why OER are a good alternative. In this webinar, Kaitlyn Vitez, the higher ed campaign director for the Student PIRGs and author of the recent report Automatic Textbook Billing, will share new data on this new method of billing students for access codes, give quick talking points for countering automatic billing proposals, how students have organized their campus communities to block and reshape bad proposals, and offer a framework for creating new course materials programs that center student and faculty choice.
Kaitlyn Vitez directs U.S. PIRG's campaign to make higher education affordable by advocating for student aid, protecting student from predatory financial practices, and making textbooks more affordable. Based in Washington, DC, Kaitlyn enjoys yoga, traveling, and the never-ending search for the perfect cup of coffee.
If you have not read the report linked above I would highly recommend you consider taking a look.
DATE: Thursday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
TITLE: Getting Everyone On Board for Open: Messaging to Campus Communities
College campuses are made of different stakeholders with different needs, priorities, and concerns. This presentation covers appealing to the different motivations of communities to better market OER and expand the use of existing programs and the creation of new ones. We will go over potential frames for different audiences and immediately put this into practice by writing an agenda for securing support for an OER program. Participants will walk away with issue frames for a school administrator, a department chair, and a student government member. They will also have an outline of a meeting with these partners to secure support for their program.
Cailyn Nagle serves as the U.S. PIRG Affordable Textbook campaign director, working to expand the use of open textbooks by empowering students and building a diverse coalition of students, staff and faculty. In their past role with the Student PIRGs at the UCLA and UC Riverside campuses, Cailyn organized on issues ranging from renewable energy to fighting hunger on campus. Cailyn likes bad sci-fi television and good horror films.