OER Challenges and Opportunities

With expert panelists Elaine Thornton, Will Cross, and Jennryn Wetzler, we will explore a variety of topics related to Open Educational Resources for the Fall term, including:
•    OER and distance education.
•    Guidance on where to find quality OER materials.
•    Inclusivity and diversity resources in OER.

“OER Challenges and Opportunities” was on September 24 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT. WVITAC logo.CET webcasts take place via Zoom.

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Live captioning is provided by our sponsor, VITAC.


Will CrossWilliam Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center; NC State University Libraries
Will Cross is the director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NC State University Libraries, an instructor in the UNC SILS, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. As a course designer and presenter, Cross has developed training materials and workshops for US and international audiences. His current research focuses on the relationship between copyright and open education. He serves as PI on two IMLS-funded projects and is part of a team developing best practices for fair use in OER.


Elaine ThorntonElaine Thornton, Open Education and Distance Learning Librarian; University of Arkansas
At the University of Arkansas, Elaine Thornton coordinates campus open education initiatives and serves as the Libraries’ liaison to the Global Campus, the university’s online and distance learning division. Thornton is a former SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow and the past co-chair of the ACRL-Distance Learning Standards Committee. She currently serves as an Open Education Network (OEN) Certificate in OER Librarianship instructor. A doctoral candidate in the Adult and Lifelong Learning program in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, her research focuses on academic librarian professional development. 


Jennryn WetzlerJennryn Wetzler, Assistant Director of Open Education; Creative Commons
As assistant director of open education at Creative Commons, Jennryn Wetzler focuses on projects to increase collaboration and support for open education, globally. She runs the Creative Commons Certificate program, a training in open licensing, copyright, and the ethos of our global, shared commons. Prior to CC, Wetzler worked on open policy and open educational resources (OER) at the U.S. Department of State. She has also enjoyed gaining a different perspective on education through international development work in Thailand and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.
Photo credit: Priscilla C. Scott, CC BY


Tanya SpilovoyTanya Spilovoy, Director of Open Policy; WCET
Tanya Spilovoy is the director, open policy at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Spilovoy leads the Z Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions. Previously, she served as the director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System and has taught college English and English as a second language in K-12 and abroad. Spilovoy received her B.A. in English from Union College, a M.A. in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.