New Year, New NCOER Initiative (National Consortium for Open Educational Resources)

State leaders, postsecondary education institutions, and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (OER) to help millions of students access high-quality learning materials that are free to use, customize, and share. OER are free for students, and they make it easy for faculty to personalize lessons and textbooks to engage students with fresh, relevant content.

Join us for a conversation with Tanya Spilovoy, WCET’s director of open policy, and representatives of each of the four regional higher education compacts—the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—and learn more about the new initiative.

Register today for “New Year, New NCOER Initiative” on January 14 at 10:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM MST / Noon CST / 1:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom." "

Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast. The webcast conversation is free and open to all.

Live captioning is provided by our sponsor, VITAC.  

The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.

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" "Liliana Diaz, Policy Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
As a policy analyst with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Liliana Diaz works on a diverse range of activities including conducting and communicating policy research on a wide array of higher education-related topics, developing and sustaining relationships with external stakeholders, and conceptualizing and executing short- and long-term collaborative projects with states. Diaz received her B.S. in journalism and mass communication, B.A. in film studies, and a certificate in technology, arts, and media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned her M.A. in higher education from the University of Denver, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration.  


" "Lindsey Gumb, Fellow, Open Education, New England Board of Higher Education
Lindsey Gumb is an assistant professor and the scholarly communications librarian at Roger Williams University, where she has been leading OER adoption, revision, and creation since 2016. She co-chairs the Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative Steering Committee and is fellow for Open Education at the New England Board of Higher Education. She researches the intersections of open education, information literacy, and U.S. copyright law.


Tiffany HarrisonTiffany Harrison, Research Associate, Education Technology and Multistate Cooperative Programs, Southern Regional Education Board
Tiffany Harrison works with SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative on research and policy efforts regarding the 10 Issues in Educational Technology. She joined the SREB benchmarking college- and career-readiness standards team in April 2017, bringing more than 10 years of experience in education research and program evaluation. Prior to joining SREB, she was a program evaluation and data specialist with the North Carolina Partnership for Children. She was a research associate for the SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro. Harrison holds a bachelor’s of arts in English from North Carolina Central University and a master’s in education research from The Ohio State University.


" "Jenny Parks, Vice President of Policy and Research, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Jenny Parks is vice president of policy and research at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). She leads the exploration, development, and implementation of projects that help Midwestern postsecondary institutions improve the way they serve students. Parks has worked at all levels and in multiple sectors of education, including state and federal compliance, institutional research, and policy advocacy. She earned her master's degree in educational policy and research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she is writing her dissertation for the doctoral program in higher education from Northeastern University in Boston.



" "Tanya Spilovoy, Director of Open Policy, WCET
Tanya Spilovoy is the director, open policy at WCET. Spilovoy leads the National Compacts OER Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in compact regions, 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 online and face to face. She is the co-creator and instructor for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program. Spilovoy received her B.A. in English from Union College, M.A. in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.