OER: Zero-to-Sixty in Five Years: Building Advocacy in Arkansas

Description: UA Cossatot has learned a lot about open resources and is eager to share their experience of how they created the most successful OER initiative in Arkansas. Their experience is a transformative step towards a more equitable and accessible education system aligning with contemporary and future learning environments.

Facilitators: Relinda Ruth, Director of Educational Resources and OER Specialist, Cossatot Community College/University of Arkansas


VR Resources Available to You!

Description: Students at Southeastern Oklahoma State University have built 50 VR enabled modules. These modules range from Labs to Choir Practice and everything in between! The process for this project as well as links to all 50 modules are available in an OER Pressbook you can access for yourself!

Facilitators: Christala Smith and Alisha Ridenour (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


Formative Assessment in OER Using Pressbooks Results

Description: With Pressbooks Results grade pass back features to the LMS, Pressbooks authors and network managers are able to gain actionable insights into student learning.

Facilitators: John McLeod (Pressbooks)


Unlocking the Future of Education: AI-Powered Strategies for Open Educational Resource Adoption

Description: In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, the integration of open educational resources (OER) is paramount to fostering accessible and affordable learning experiences. To support this mission, join us for an engaging roundtable discussion where experts and educators converge to explore the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in facilitating OER adoption within the classroom.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


From Awareness to Action: Providing Time and Space for Faculty to Create


Last year, Tulsa Community College librarians created a workshop series designed to provide time, space, and guidance for faculty interested in exploring the OER options available within their discipline. This session will include a look at the workshop modules, as the presenters share the thought process behind the design and content, as well as results, feedback, and their current process of revising it into an online, asynchronous format.

Facilitators: Jamie Holmes, and Amy Lagers (Tulsa Community College)


Critical Discussions: The Development of a Simulation-based OER for the Higher Ed Classroom

Description: In this session, we discuss the development of our OER — Simulations for Critical Discussions in Higher Education. The text offers transformative learning opportunities for students by engaging them in simulations which address the grand challenges they are likely to face as young professionals and global citizens.

Facilitators: Frances Junnier, Hann Bingham Brunner, and Stephanie Link (Oklahoma State University)


Using OER to Promote Student Engagement in the Mathematics Classroom

Description: How can we raise student engagement and increase probability of student success with OER? Using the research from Peter Liljedahl’s book, Building Thinking Classrooms, we will discuss and explore various ways to evaluate student learning during class time.

Facilitators: Lori Martin (Rogers State University)


Reducing Barriers to Success: Inclusion

Description: This study aims to uncover factors underlying teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion. Results confirmed three components of professional development, administrative support, and exposure and found two additional components, disruptiveness of behavior and locus of control of the teacher. The findings facilitate bridging the gap between the law and implementation of inclusion.

Facilitators: Christine Gleason (Northeastern State University)


Building Skill Sets for STEM Courses with Open Educational Resources

Description: Oklahoma has continuously lower percentage bachelor in STEM degrees in last more than 20 years. In this presentation, I will be talking about how some of the basic Open Educational Resources (OER) can help build developing skills among students to make future Oklahoma work force STEM ready.

Facilitators: Susmita Hazra (Cameron University)


Course Marking at Oklahoma State University

Description: This presentation will describe how OSU Libraries have partnered with the OSU Office of the Registrar to help facilitate student success by implementing a course marking system enabling students to, at the time of enrollment, identify which courses do not require students to purchase commercial resources.

Facilitators: Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University) 


For Pete’s Sake: Creating Customizable OER for Student Success

Description: With the rising popularity and availability of Open Educational Resources, educational institutions have the opportunity to bring highly relevant, customizable, and cost-effective content to its students that also creates a sense of community and connection to the university experience at that institution. Speech communication faculty members at Oklahoma State University will share their multiyear journey into exploring creative possibilities with OER and the ways they provide students with recognizable resources that help better prepare students for assignments, encourage reading completion, and create a stronger university culture/spirit. The faculty will discuss the adoption and review process, editing and creation in Pressbooks, customizing photography, updating the text with customized examples, and creating a culture of school spirit and community.

Facilitators: Sasha Hanrahan, Sarah Hollingsworth, Mary Walker, and Megan Linsenmeyer (Oklahoma State University)


UpskillOK – Career-Focused Credentials Roundtable

Description: Come hear about Oklahoma higher education’s latest initiative, UpskillOK! In this session, staff from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will discuss a new opportunity available for Oklahoma employers to partner with our colleges and universities to find and develop talent through career-focused credentials. This session will help our partners develop an understanding of micro-credentials and digital badging, including brainstorming on how to leverage this program for your own workforce. Visit us online at https://UpskillOK.org!

Facilitators/Institution: Brad Griffith and Tracey Romano – Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Shifting With Technology: When and How Do We Make Changes to Our Teaching Methods?

Description: As educators, we are often asked to adapt as new technologies come out and new challenges emerge. It can feel overwhelming to continually change and keep up. This presentation discusses our attitudes toward change and how we can embrace the new while still keeping our course content and objectives intact.

Facilitators/Institution: Laura Dumin (University of Central Oklahoma)


Resource Available to You: COLE’s LMS and Tools Committee

Description: COLE’s LMS and Tools Committee is a resource available to institutions throughout the state. The committee regularly engages with technology vendors and collects information from institutions about various tools in use. This committee provides the opportunity for Institutions interested in adopting a tool to collaborate with others, compare various tools, and discuss pros/cons. The committee exists as a resource for Oklahoma institutions!

Facilitators/Institution: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), Amanda Keesee (University of Central Oklahoma), and Margot Gregory (Cameron University)


H5P for Collaboration and Engagement in Online Environments

Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of what H5P is and how it incorporates the Community of inquiry Framework into online learning. Examples of various types of Interactive learning objects that can be created and added to your online course. In addition, a short demonstration of how H5P can be reused and is a wonderful OER tool.

Facilitators/Institution: Lora Pezzell, Nicholas Poss, and Kristen Gregory (University of Central Oklahoma)


Upskilling 2.0: Action Learning in the Workforce

Description: Attendees will learn the best practices that resulted from creating strategic partnerships between organizations and Northeastern State University. Topics include action learning, administrative processes, and differences between traditional students and workforce students.

Facilitators/Institution: Tena Wooldridge and Amanda Evert (Northeastern State University)


Small Changes, Big Impacts: Combining Universal Design for Learning with Technology to Reach Every Learner

Description: Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines (CAST, 2018) as a framework for discussion, this panel will share strategies and best practices for the differentiation of student learning through technology and intentional course design.

Facilitators/Institution: Kyle Vareberg, Sophia Burch, Renee Cambiano, and Kari Henry Hulett (Northeastern State University)


Round Table: ChatGPT

Description: ChatGPT is not something anyone feels comfortable enough with to present on, or even be on a panel for yet, but we do want to talk about it! In a round table format, we discussed what this is, what we need to know, what concerns we have, and how to address those concerns. We may not come up with any solutions in this session, but we can all be part of the conversation!

Facilitators/Institution: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


More Hands on Deck: Graduate Nursing Immersive Experiences

Description: In a structured, faculty-designed immersive field experience, graduate nurse education students were embedded in an RN to BSN online course. After the experience, the graduate students felt better prepared as nurse educators, and the undergraduate students received timely, individualized feedback with more hands on deck in the online classroom.

Facilitators/Institution: April Nelson (Northeastern State University)


Helping Learners Discover Career Competencies Through Workshops and Micro-Credentials

Description: This presentation includes an overview of our experience with designing, promoting, and scaling Student Success Workshops and micro-credentials at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Business. Participants are invited into our journey of building opportunities for students to engage, learn, and discover who they are as individuals and future professionals through workshops so they can develop life and career-critical competencies.

Facilitators/Institution: Niccole Miller (University of Central Oklahoma)


Designing Targeted Video Trainings Through Collaboration

Description: Discover how to create short, targeted, high-impact training videos for nearly any type of campus or library software through a collaborative, iterative process that utilizes common computer tools and simple, easy-to-use workflow.

Facilitators/Institution: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)


Collaborating in a Live Zoom Meeting

Description: This session will help you expand your knowledge of the tools available in zoom and how to best implement them in your live sessions with others. Zoom has a variety of tools such as polls, whiteboards with templates, team chat, channels, and more! In addition, you will be introduced to some methods for moderating your zoom meeting as the facilitator and how to avoid screen sharing issues.

Facilitators/Institution: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)


Building Opportunity for Learning Through Critical Reflection: Implementing a Rubric that Supports Career-Critical Competencies

Description: Utilizing Brookfield’s Four Lenses Model of Critical Reflection (2017), this session focuses on the benefits of critical reflection for developing career-critical competencies and share an authentic assessment tool for evaluating these reflections in the online environment.

Facilitators/Institution: Kari Henry-Hulett, Renee Cambiano, and Kathy Sebold (Northeastern State University)


Building Collaboration through Engaging Discussions

Description: Creating and grading online discussion boards can be a daunting task. Many students just go through the motions and are not actively engaged with their fellow classmates. This session provides attendees with creative ways to make online discussion boards more engaging for students, and more fun for you to grade!

Facilitators/Institution: Kathleen Boothe (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


Build Your OCO/Regents OER Grant Proposal

Description: Did you know the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has offered easy-to-apply-for faculty grants for the adoption and use of OER? Come hear how OSU faculty have earned grants for work they were already doing, or work that they were able to easily incorporate into their semester plans.

Facilitators/Institution: Kathy Essmiller and Christina Colquhoun (Oklahoma State University)


Best Practices in Virtual Mentorship: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

Description: Remote work is becoming more common in businesses, nonprofits, and government offices. Yet, little has been written about how to most effectively implement virtual mentorship programs designed to increase employee morale. In this session, discover tips and tricks to maximize your virtual mentorship efforts using relationship management tactics.

Facilitators/Institution: Amanda Evert and Tena Wooldridge (Northeastern State University)


Balancing Convenience with Rigor: Finding Support Structures that Promote Learning in Online Courses

Description: Research data is presented from three of the faculty’s online courses in which preservice teachers were asked to identify online teaching strategies, assignments, and procedures they found particularly useful in helping them learn course material – and which were not.

Facilitators/Institution: Anita Ede (Northeastern State University)


All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Helping Online, Non-traditional Students Navigate the Information Age

Description: In collaboration with instructors, course-specific library services and tools can be designed for distance students. With more focused information literacy instruction, an embedded librarian is able to empower students to sharpen research skills for more successful results, allowing the instructor to focus on the course subject rather than library skills.

Facilitators/Institution: Jayanna Greenwood (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2023

Description: To kick off OKLIS 2023, join us to hear about the latest news in Oklahoma online education! First, we will discuss the latest data trends for online learning in the state system of higher education. Then, you will hear updates on the past year of progress from the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO), Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE), and Oklahoma Quality Matters (OKQM) consortium. During the session, we will also announce the winners of the 2023 Oklahoma Online Excellence Awards!

Facilitators/Institution: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


The State of OER in Oklahoma 2022

Description: Join the OSRHE online education team to hear what’s happening with OER in Oklahoma this year! Through the initiatives led by the Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) and Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO), faculty and staff now have access to free professional development, free OER development resources, and grant funding opportunities for those areas. Visit us at https://OCOlearnOK.org to learn more about our online learning and OER initiatives!

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


OER Funding Opportunities Review

Description: For the 2022-23 academic year, OSRHE is offering funding opportunities to faculty and staff at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities for open educational resources. Join us to hear how you can take advantage of these opportunities! For faculty, open textbook adoption/development grants are available to help convert courses to zero-cost, openly licensed instructional materials. For faculty and staff who support teaching and learning, incentives are available to complete a basic OER training course offered through the Online Consortium of Oklahoma.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


Teaching with Pressbooks

Description: This session will present an example of how an OER textbook supported on the Pressbooks platform is used with pre-service teachers. How the content of the OER was selected and adapted will be discussed as well as open pedagogy strategies used to support the achievement of student learning outcomes.

Facilitators: Jason Proctor (Northeastern State University)


OER 101: An Overview

Description: The benefits of incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER) into our classrooms go far beyond the obvious one of making education more affordable for all, but for many educators and stakeholders, they still hold a little (or a lot!) of mystery. This session will attempt to get everyone on the same page by providing a brief, general overview of OER, including what and where they are, how to use them, the benefits they bring, and where to learn more.

Facilitators: Jamie Holmes (Tulsa Community College)


Creating a culture of responsiveness: Shifting the concept of office hours

Description: Faculty availability to support learners outside synchronous classroom sessions is vital to learner success. The 20th century solution was defined office hours for scheduled, in-person meetings. Now, with technological advances, new tools, and concepts from services marketing, faculty and administrators can collaborate to create a culture of responsiveness, supporting faculty flexibility that improves learner success.

Facilitators: Dana Gray and Maryann Lamer (Rogers State University)


Personalize Your Google Scholar Library

Description: Creating a personalized Google Scholar Library helps researchers work more efficiently and reduces the overwhelm that can come from such a large quantity of options from results in the Google Scholar search.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)


Exploring H5P: What it means, and how to use it to create dynamic, engaging OER

Description: Dynamic, interactive content can enhance Open Educational Resources such as textbooks and other online materials and allow for greater student satisfaction and higher levels of retention, comprehension, and understanding. H5P, or HTML-5 Packages, make it simple to create customized content such as dialog cards, image collages, drag-the-words, memory games, and much more—all of which can be added to Pressbooks and other publishing platforms. This presentation will help participants understand what HTML5 means and why it’s so important to the modern web, and also demonstrate the process of locating, customizing, and implementing interactive H5P elements in OER materials.

Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)


How to Use Pressbooks to Create Your Next OER

Description: 2022 Oklahoma OER Summit: Presented by Amy Song and Jocelyn Jones (Pressbooks), This session will provide information and platform guidance for both novices and experts when creating an OER in Pressbooks. Two representatives from Pressbooks will take you through the process from start to finish.

Facilitators: Amy Song and Jocelyn Jones (Pressbooks)


Teaching of Physics Courses with Open Educational Resources

Description: In this presentation, I will be sharing my experience using different types of Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching physics courses. Several research studies have shown increase student learning with the use of OER. Materials available on OER can be customized effectively with variety of combinations to create a quality course.

Facilitators: Susmita Hazra (Cameron University)


Accessibility: Let’s Talk About It!

Description: This round table brings together all types of practitioners to talk about tangible ways we incorporate accessibility into every role, responsibility, and process. This discussion is a space to learn alongside one another as we share accessibility best practices and resources. Bring your experiences, questions, and curiosity!

Facilitators: Cristina Colquhoun and Dr. Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)


Building Community through Social Media

Description: Southeastern’s Center for Instructional Development and Technology has a student led social media team that strives to find ways to reach our online community and help them feel connected to our institution. In this panel, you meet students and staff who serve on this team and hear about the initiatives they have taken.

Facilitators: Christala Smith and Max Hamblin (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


Strengthening our Online Program with Peer Reviews

Description: Required peer reviews are challenging! This session describes our experience implementing a peer review process to support those new to online instruction at the pandemic’s beginning. We discuss how the internal review works and why we adopted the process as an annual event for all who teach online.

Facilitators: Jennifer Campbell and Greg Stone (Tulsa Community College)


Introduction to Humanizing Online

Description: This session is an overview of what humanized online learning is and how it can help students succeed in college and university courses. Tips are provided for instructional designers and faculty to use in their courses to help make their online offerings have more relevant content that in turn helps to improve student motivation.

Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)


Baby Steps in Podcasting

Description: Get started with podcasts! It is a free, simple way to reach people without having to worry about finding time for meetings between classes.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)


Collaboration in Technology Decisions: The LMS Transition at Southeastern

Description: Southeastern’s LMS Transition Committee has greatly benefitted from collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at SE as well as colleagues around the state. This presentation demonstrates the power of networking and collaboration in important technology decisions.

Facilitators: Christala Smith, Kate Shannon, Karl Frinkle (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


No X-Boxes Please: Measuring Students’ Online Readiness

Description: How do you know if a student is truly ready for an online learning format? Come join a panel of industry experts to learn what higher education institutions are doing in Oklahoma to help ensure students’ success by assessing learners’ readiness

Facilitators: Jeni Maple and Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), and Amanda Keesee (University of Central Oklahoma)


The Seven Wonders of the Great Remove Learning Shift

Description: The Oklahoma Teacher Connection (OTC) is a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education that focuses on linking resources and transforming education. In this morning session, we will explore adaptive strategies, highlighting seven categories of “lessons learned” during the pandemic years 2020-2022.

Facilitators: Dr. Melissa Brevetti and Dr. Goldie Thompson (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


Standardizing Templates vs. Academic Freedom in Online Programs

Description: This presentation discusses proven strategies for building a workable balance between ensuring consistency and standardization throughout an online program while maintaining faculty academic freedom.

Facilitators: Dr. Nancy Gwin (University of Central Oklahoma)


Building Community in Online Classes

Description: Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of creating a sense of community in classroom environments, but this is difficult to do when teaching online. This session will demonstrate successful methods of using simple technologies and teaching practices to create a community of connected, engaged learners in online classes.

Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University).


Developing a Simulated Domestic Violence Activity for Online Learners

Description: Converting an interactive activity from a F2F to an online environment can be a rewarding experience. Using a case from a Victimology course, this presentation explains how the instructor and web developers adapt a domestic violence activity to a simulated experience.

Facilitators: Dr. Jaime L. Burns (University of Central Oklahoma)


Don’t Worry There’s a Video for That!

Description: Every semester I ask myself, how do I bring an in-person teaching experience to the online environment? While I get better at it every semester, in this session I focus on the use of videos for humanizing the online experience to communicate about assignments, discussions, expectations, and feedback.

Facilitators: Dr. Niccole L. Miller (University of Central Oklahoma).


Workshopping for the Workforce

Description: This problem-posing workshop presents actionable steps including facilitation, collaboration, and breaking down communication silos to support institutional growth through enhanced workforce development initiatives, micro-credentialing opportunities, and online curricula.

Facilitators: Thomas Horne (Oklahoma City Community College)


Creating an Interactive Syllabus

Description: This session teaches you how to create an interactive syllabus for your students. The syllabus is an important document in your course and it contains valuable information. When students can find the information they need, they are able to access your online course materials more quickly and thus engage more as a student.

Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)


Lifelong Learning & Open Education

Description: Brainstorm with colleagues on how to provide opportunities to students to develop lifelong learning competencies. Learn about the lifelong learning competencies identified in research by a 3-year federally funded grant project and how there are many opportunities to develop them with Open Education.

Facilitators: Marla Lobley (East Central University) Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University) Jamie Holmes (Tulsa Community College)


Zooming in to Better Online Education: Best Practices for Increasing Student Participation in Zoom Classrooms

Description: Laura Garrett discusses the most successful methods to enrich Zoom and outlines the pitfalls. These methods allow participation in engaging ways, sometimes more than in a live classroom. Personal engagement creates greater feelings of community and lessens feelings of isolation. More responsive exchanges between students and instructors can prevent miscommunication. There can be advantages for students who have difficulty with many challenges.

Facilitators: Laura Garrett (Tulsa Community College)


The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2022

Description: Each year, the Learning Innovations Summit kicks off with an update from OK higher ed’s leaders in online learning, including: Council for Online Learning Excellence 2021-2022 Chair, Brett King (University of Central Oklahoma), Online Consortium of Oklahoma 2021-2022 Chair, Joy Bauer (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College), Oklahoma Quality Matters System Coordinator, Dr. Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College), State System Liaison for Online Education, Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education). Chancellor Allison Garrett also made a guest appearance!

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


Utilizing Innovative Learning for Career Preparation

Description: In this session, the University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional & Continuing Studies Curriculum Services Team address utilizing innovative learning for career preparation. The focus of the presentation is on the design and use of applied simulations, micro-credentialing certifications, and ePortfolios.

Facilitators: Morgan Myers, Michele Haynes, Matthew Mackintosh, and Kara Stanley (University of Oklahoma)


Humanizing Online STEM Courses with Active Learning Components

Description: Two most important learning outcomes in STEM courses are critical thinking and problem solving. I talk about course design technique and applied methodology for active learning in online STEM courses. I share ideas to humanize an online STEM course to provide students with engaging classroom experiences.

Facilitators: Susmita Hazra (Cameron University)


Finding, Using, and Creating Free Multimedia Resources

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University) explores solutions for finding and using royalty-free images and multimedia available for use in educational settings without violating copyright laws.


InfOERmation Literacy: The New Literacies Alliance and Scalable Solutions for Dealing With a Complex Information Environment

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Matt Upson (Oklahoma State University), Melissa Mallon (Vanderbilt University), Melia Fritch (Kansas State University) discuss the New Literacies Alliance (NLA), an inter-institutional academic library project that creates OER on information-seeking and research concepts that can be adapted for use in a variety of disciplinary contexts. This session will provide an overview of NLA resources and opportunities to participate in future lesson planning activities.


Making an Open Information Literacy Textbook: A Case Study in OER Collaborations Among Four Academic Librarians

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit:  Jamie Holmes and Adam Brennan (Tulsa Community College), Calantha Tillotson (University of Tennessee at Knoxville; formerly of East Central University), and Sarah Burkhead Whittle (Northeastern State University) share their experiences working together to create an open textbook on Pressbooks. A useful case study for anyone interested in pursuing their own Open Educational Resources (OER) project, they will share their insights on early planning and choosing a team, meshing original with existing material, adding interactivity, and the editing and publishing process.


Teaching Teachers With OER

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Jason Proctor (Northeastern State University) presents various examples of OER used with pre-service teachers, discuss student feedback of OER used in courses, and share tips about finding and creating OER.


Using a Free Geometry App and Activity-Based Text in a Course for Elementary Ed Majors

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Chris Oehrlein (Oklahoma City Community College) describes the sophomore-level Geometry and Measurement course designed for pre-service teachers. The presenter will provide examples of activities and assignments using the OER text, geometry app, and college’s LMS. The presenter will also describe and analyze the standards-based grading scheme used in the course.


Collaboration & Growth: Getting Philosophical About OER

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Heather Wilburn, Jamie Holmes, Jennifer Brummett (Tulsa Community College) share lessons learned while creating an open philosophy anthology using original texts from various openly licensed or public domain sources. Attendees can expect to hear solutions developed to overcome various challenges, ideas for inviting different voices into the book, and ways to integrate a variety of formative learning objects, multimedia, and the social annotation tool, Hypothesis, including an opportunity to set up and practice using their own Hypothesis account.


Open Education Practices 101: How to Get Started When You Have No Help

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit: Presented by Jay Fulgencio, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City), Open Education Practices provides an outlet for educators to create, adapt, and adopt their teaching skills with open education resources without the hassle of violating copyrights or paying hefty licensing feeds on specific content for the classroom. In this session, individuals will learn to create content with open education tools from open education resources.


Building and Scaling a Culture of Open at Tulsa Community College

Description: 2021 Oklahoma OER Summit:  Jennifer Kneafsey and Lisa Haldeman (Tulsa Community College) share real-world strategies for advancing and scaling OER initiatives. Participants will discuss strategies for course marking, student involvement, and overcoming challenges. Course marking legislation from other states will be summarized so that participants are aware of national trends related to OER legislation. 


2021 OKLIS: Influence of Monitor Screen Size on Immersion/Presence in a Virtual Learning Environment

Description: Virtual reality and virtual worlds (VWs) are powerful technologies currently helping to define the digital world. These technologies are characterized by user control, immersion, and sense of presence or “being there.” They have been examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives, technical and user variables, and psychological approaches. The purpose of this study was to extend VW research relating the roles of user age, gender, and technical characteristics such as screen size, directly to the VW-critical features of immersion and perceived presence. This study used a photo-real, on-screen, first-person VW in which users “enter” and “walk through” a VW via mouse navigation, viewing it through their own eyes rather than through an avatar. It used a quasi-experimental design with 35 adult subjects who were tested for perceived immersion and presence in a VW showing a 360-degree city panorama using different screen size treatments. Data were analyzed using mixed methods (e.g., interview comments and responses to questionnaires) to examine relationships among age, gender, immersion, presence, and screen size in the VW. Findings supported conclusions relating to the relevance of age and gender as user variables in VWs and the role of technology characteristics in VWs’ effective use. The study also opened a potential new line of inquiry by raising previously unaddressed questions about the importance of the psychological trait vs. state nature and measurement of immersion and presence in VWs. Implications and recommendations for instructional design and delivery and further research are offered.

Facilitators: Dr. Jon Martens (Analytics Journey, LLC), Dr. Robert Dionne (University of Oklahoma (ret.)), Dr. Ina Agnew (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology), Dr. Chuck Baukal (John Zink Institute), Dr. Lynna Ausburn (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Floyd Ausburn (Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: Online Excellence Showcase: Dr. Kalianne Neumann

Description: This session will cover the importance of organization, consistency, and communication in supporting online learners’ self-regulation in asynchronous courses.

Facilitators: Dr. Kalianne Neumann (Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: The Rubric as Individualized Assignment Instructions

Description: Grading feedback is only effective in the learning process if it is reviewed and used by the students. For my Composition class, I have re-designed the rubric to contain instructions for a follow up assignment, personalized to what they individually need to work on to improve their writing skills. In this session, I will show the rubric I have made and how it is used in my class. Participant discussion of how this could be improved or how a similar approach might be used for other subjects will be welcome!

Facilitators: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: Non-Intrusively Engaging Students in a Synchronous Online Class

Description: Are you hesitant to call on your college students in class? Are you looking for a way to include more students in your synchronous online discussions without embarrassing anyone or causing anxiety? This presentation will help you develop a method for increasing student engagement and participation in your class in a non-intrusive manner. Most college instructors are looking for ways to bring learner-centered pedagogy and high-impact practices into the classroom, especially strategies that prioritize diversity and inclusion. This session will help you to build relationships and trust with your students in a short amount of time, and more students will be actively engaging in classroom discussions. The percentage of students participating in your class will dramatically increase! If you’re looking for a way to move from a traditional lecture format to more of a discussion format, this session is for you!

Facilitators: Tracy Jackson (Tulsa Community College)


2021 OKLIS: Reduce Student Stress: Build a Calm Zone in the Online Classroom

Description: Create an area in your online classroom for brain breaks so that students have the option to take a break without leaving the online classroom. Look at a module with links and suggestions so that you can get ideas to create an optional resource module to guide students through a quick breathing exercise, screen break, a stretch, or music for focusing.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)


2021 OKLIS: Cognitive Load: “Help! My schemas aren’t firing!”

Description: E-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning.

Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Want to Know About OER? Come Learn With Us!

Description: To promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Oklahoma, members of COLE’s OER subcommittee have developed two sets of modules – OER: 101 and OER: A Deeper Dive, as well as an open textbook – Open Educational Resources: Basics & Beyond.

The self-paced modules frame the objectives and refer the learner to the textbook, which contains most of the content and includes interactive quizzes to reinforce concepts. Upon completion of each chapter, learners return to the course site, where they can complete an activity to demonstrate deeper understanding and earn a digital badge, which can be used to show competency in this area.

The presentation will introduce the course and textbook, how to gain access, and explain how they work together. The presenters will also share their own process of adapting these OERs from “Texas Learn OER,” an open course produced by the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex) and licensed under CC-BY 4.0.

Facilitators: Jamie Holmes (Tulsa Community College), Dr. Pamela Louderback (Northeastern State University), Ann Raia (Oklahoma City Community College)


2021 OKLIS: OPEN OCO and OPEN OKSTATE Pressbooks Basics

Description: This continued introduction to OPEN OCO Pressbooks will provide an overview of how to find existing Pressbooks, how to import your own existing content into Pressbooks, and how to navigate the dashboard of an existing Pressbooks OER.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Jamie Holmes (Tulsa Community College)


2021 OKLIS: A Deeper Dive into Pressbooks Plugins and Accessibility

Description: This session will provide an overview of some of the more advanced features of the Pressbooks platform, focusing on its available plugins. Participants will hear about H5P, Hypothesis, LaTeX, MathJax, and TablePress. Best practices will also be provided for ensuring digital accessibility of Pressbooks OER.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Jamie Holmes (Tulsa Community College)


2021 OKLIS: Online Excellence Showcase: OU K20 Center

Description: In 2020, the K20 Center’s 24th annual Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) was held virtually for the first time. ILI is traditionally focused on sharing best practices and cutting edge technology for teaching and learning for a variety of educators and school types. This year, pandemic restrictions made addressing innovative learning more important than ever. The K20 Center used various online platforms to build and create an online community for ILI, keeping strong the network of educator support and collaboration cultivated through the previous Institutes, but expanding to create an interactive, collaborative and sustainability professional learning experience while aligning ILI with existing K20 Center virtual resources including the online lesson repository, digital educational games, and free online professional development. Despite the challenges of 2020, the K20 Center created a conference that facilitated mentorship, innovation, and shared strategies using the center’s foundational partnerships and resources. The K20 Center set out to do this all while holding the 2020 Innovative Learning Institute 100% virtually.

Facilitators: Dr. Jackie Mania-Singer, Dr. Dawn Pearce, Danny Mattox, Lacy Pennington


2021 OKLIS: Adaptive Teacher Development Strategies for Teaching STEM-related Information Systems with Analytics

Description: Women are often underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professions. Without access to equitable opportunities to explore careers, acquire interdisciplinary contents, and develop the 21st century skills that can further impede women’s abilities to participate in the highly competitive global workforce; and succeed in fast-growing, STEM-related emerging careers (e.g. analytics, data science). This multi-tier STEM Career Builder grant (2018-2021), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to discover what partnership models, strategies, and innovations can effectively support female high school teachers and students through the research, development (R&D) and implementation of five multi-tier interventions: (1) teacher professional development (PD), (2) a summer academy, (3) job shadowing, (4) mentoring, and (5) internships, and research fellowships.

Facilitators: Dr. Joselina Cheng, Alexia Benson (University of Central Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Creating High-Functioning Student Group sin Hybrid and Online Courses

Description: Group work in many college courses is necessary but often difficult due to scheduling, time constraints, and other demands on student schedules. In this session I will demonstrate the procedures and technologies I have implemented in my upper-level Project Management course throughout the 2020-2021 school year that have yielded outstanding results for students. By setting simple guidelines and utilizing some basic frameworks for structure and expectations, group work can be transformed from stressful to successful.

My student feedback about groups includes comments such as “We were all very satisfied with our group and decided to continue with this group going forward.” and “This is probably the best experience I’ve had with a group during my time at OSU.”

Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: Slow Down and Take Time to Listen

Description: Online learning can be very impersonal and distant. In our program, which is totally online, I’ve found a method that allows for professional dialogue among classmates who are taking graduate level courses and who sometimes feel overwhelmed with returning to college in order to complete an advanced degree. This method revolves around spending an extra hour (after class) getting to know my students on a personal level and letting them share about what’s causing them stress. Judging from the emails I’ve received from students, this approach has yielded positive results and has been very rewarding for all involved, including the professor.

Facilitators: Dr. Todd Williams (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: RSU Public TV: Delivering Concurrent Classes Over Broadcast TV

Description: This session will provide an overview of Rogers State University’s offering of concurrent college courses at a distance broadcast through RSU TV.

Facilitators: Royal Aills (Rogers State University)


2021 OKLIS: Helping Oklahoma Learners Scale the Peak with Micro-Credentials

Description: Get ready! Higher education in Oklahoma is about to reach an entirely new summit through a brand new initiative coming later this spring. This session will help you develop an understanding of micro-credentials and digital badging, including brainstorming of how to apply this opportunity to your own programs and offer students a greater connection to workforce opportunities. You will also hear some hot-off-the-press updates on new system-wide pilot led by the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) to equip Oklahoma higher ed institutions to develop these exciting and nimble new programs!

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


2021 OKLIS: Breathe LIFE Into Your Online Courses

Description: As an online business communications instructor, my quest every semester is to find more innovative and creative ways to engage students in online learning – how can I bring a face-to-face experience into an online platform? While I continue to learn more and more every semester, I would love to share some of the creative solutions I have drummed up over the last couple of years. Join me for a preview of my business communications course and the technology and resources I am using to breathe LIFE in my online classes!

Facilitators: Dr. Niccole Miller (University of Central Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Strategy for Online Course Design

Description: This presentation will look at the foundation of the online course design and look at some of the ideas and steps you can take before actual course design. They are steps in backward design, the basic foundation of online courses such as interactivity, discussion, effective feedback, modules, and navigation. It also presents some ideas for designing online courses based on other’s experiences and findings.

Facilitators: Dr. Abe Soltani (Langston University)


2021 OKLIS: Create and Share Accessible Screen Recordings with Microsoft Stream

Description: Use Microsoft Stream, part of Office 365, to create screen recordings and videos with automatically generated, searchable transcripts. Learn to embed and share the videos.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)


2021 OKLIS: Preparing Images for Online Delivery

Description: Following best practices and processes in instructional design is key to a quality course. Looking at rural areas where broadband access is limited, download times of images are important to the learning process and supplanting visual ques. When file size of images exceed norms and are detrimental in the download process when broadband is not available. In this session you will learn little tricks of the trade preparing imagery for online course content delivery, sizing, layout, adding accessible tags, etc.

Facilitators: Dr. Gary Dotterer (Rogers State University)


2021 OKLIS: Reaching the Summit Through OER Across Oklahoma

Description: Whether you are an OER champion or just discovering the magic that is open education, we have opportunities to share with you! Join the co-chairs of COLE’s OER subcommittee and OSRHE’s director of online learning to hear how you can get involved. Plan to come away with a plan for how you could embark upon your own journey with OER with the support from your friends throughout the state. We will discuss who in Oklahoma is collaborating on OER, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and resources from the Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) and Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) available at zero cost!

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Dr. Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University), Marla Lobley (East Central University)


2021 OKLIS: OPEN OCO: OER Collaborations Through Pressbooks

Description: In October 2020, the Online Consortium of Oklahoma launched OPEN OCO, a shared instance of PressbooksEDU. This dynamic platform provides 30 initial open textbook project spaces to OCO members, in addition to an option for unlimited access for individual institutions.

During this session, you will gain an understanding of Pressbooks and explore some OER developed using the system. You will also be some of the first in OK higher ed to hear about our upcoming opportunities for project funding.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


2021 OKLIS: Inclusive Access: Accessibility Tools in Microsoft Office 365

Description: The easier it is for students to access and understand your content,​ the easier it is for students to engage in and learn from your course. Office 365 has tools to help everyone.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)


2021 OKLIS: Bringing Virtual Reality to Higher Education

Description: SEOSU partnered with OneNet to produce approximately 50 VR enabled modules for 12+ faculty in multiple departments at Southeastern. The first few are in the final stages of development. We will share our experience thus far and discuss how others might begin similar projects at their own institutions.

Facilitators: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: Developing Experiential Learning Projects for Online Courses

Description: UCO’s IDEA team was task to develop four virtual experiential learning assignments to allow students to virtually experience projects that were previously only possible in person. The assignments focus on allowing students to virtually collaborate to build and restructure essays, receive tangible feedback on persuasive speeches, turn their paper presentation poster into a robust online presentation, and simulate first-hand experience of what it is like to lead a team to climb a dangerous mountain.

What kind of lessons did we learn? How were did we get our faculty involved? What kind Technologies were used and how did we use them? Did all of the students make it up the mountain? Come by and have all of your questions answered.

Facilitators: Robert Wall, Drew Stephenson (University of Central Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Online Excellence Showcase: Lessons Learned: Leading an OER Initiative on Campus

Description: Marla Lobley is the winner of the 2021 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Individual Leadership. This session discusses what elements of an OER initiative at East Central University have worked well and what mistakes have turned into learning opportunities.

Facilitators: Marla Lobley (East Central University)


2021 OKLIS: Relax and Add Some Non-Course Content

Description: Online students miss out on the informal interactions which are typical on campus. In a F2F session, students and professors have non-course related talks which relate the professor as a person to the students. Everything from current events to (sometimes awful) jokes are shared. Heightened because of COVID – students need more interactions. Students want more interactions. The human is a social being and the isolation from online classes can be minimized (not eliminated). You can add these to your online course without trying to be a standup comic.

Facilitators: Dr. Marty Ludlum (University of Central Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Instructions Unclear: Infographics and Assignment Instructions

Description: This session discusses the use of visual rhetoric to increase learning comprehension and engagement in online and hybrid courses. In particular, I will share examples using free graphic design software, such as Piktochart and Canva, to demonstrate how transforming traditional text- only assignment instructions to visual assignment instructions (aka “infographics”) impacts student engagement and understanding. l will also present research on best practices and results of this and similar uses of visual rhetoric on student engagement.

Facilitators: Pamela Rollins (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: Online Excellence Showcase: Surviving The Great Pivot of 2020: OU’s Transition to Online Instruction in First-Year Math Classes

Description: In March 2020, the First Year Math Team at OU, like many others in higher education, transitioned from in-person to online instruction. Much of the online instruction and tutoring carried over into the fall 2020 semester. In this presentation, I will focus on the team’s efforts to allow meaningful student engagement and rigorous assessments in online environments while trying to take into account the additional stress both instructors and students were encountering. The presentation will cover lessons learned and what we hope to take away from this experience.

Facilitators: Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo (University of Oklahoma)


2021 OKLIS: Instructional Design Development with Articulate Rise

Description: A demonstration of how Articulate Rise is used to increase learner engagement in self-paced online courses offered by OSU Extension.

Facilitators: Joan York (Oklahoma State University)


2021 OKLIS: State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2021

Description: Hear annual updates from the Online Consortium of Oklahoma, Council for Online Learning Excellence, and Oklahoma Quality Matters.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College)


State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2021

Hear updates about online education in Oklahoma and meet our online collaboration group leaders. This session features:

Mr. Brad Griffith – OSRHE Director of Online Learning Initiatives
Dr. Gary Dotterer – Chairperson, Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE)
Ms. Christala Smith – Chairperson, Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO)
Dr. Dana Lindon-Burgett – Co-Lead Coordinator, Oklahoma Quality Matters


Zoom Towards Engagement

Available as an on-demand course, Zoom Towards Engagement targets best practices when teaching online via Zoom.  Many of the resources are also useful for administrators and staff as many events and functions have transitioned into an online environment.  This course will be continuously updated as new Zoom updates and functions are released.


Oklahoma OER Summit

Held on October 30, the 2020 Oklahoma OER Summit is now available as an on-demand course.  Faculty and staff may complete a short quiz upon viewing the resources to earn the OER CHAMPION digital badge from the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO).


OK Nursing Remote Labs Workshop

Description: For nursing faculty and online learning professionals: a workshop to uncover issues related to teaching traditional skills and nursing simulations remotely. The workshop will brainstorm ideas and help participants start a plan to prepare for any future transition to remote instruction.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


Virtual Tutoring – Maintaining Services During the Pandemic

Description: Learn how Western Oklahoma State College shifted its student tutoring programs to a fully virtual format using existing tools, including Zoom.

Facilitators: Melissa Smith and Katie Brewer (Western Oklahoma State College)


Maintaining Quality During the Transition to Online

Description: Has anyone ever said to you that online education does not have as much quality or rigor as face-to-face instruction? Have you struggled to provide and intelligent reply? Are you concerned about the quality of your online course during the recent, and rapid, conversion to remote instruction? If so, this topic is for you! This session will provide a blueprint for establishing quality measures, gathering data, seeking student and faculty input, and building a process for continuous improvement to help ensure quality in your online environment. Examples will be given as well as lessons learned, from a recent start-up of an online program track.

Facilitators: Nancy Gwin (University of Central Oklahoma)


To Proctor, or Not to Proctor? Assessment is the Question

Description: Many faculty approaching a new term of fully remote instruction may now be wondering how to ensure academic integrity and identity of learners outside of the traditional classroom. This session will first provide you with an overview of various techniques to assess learners in the online environment, some of which do not require any form of proctoring. For those cases where proctoring is necessary, a sampling of current online proctoring strategies and technologies will help inform faculty and administrators.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


Online Lab Conundrum – Virtual Workshop

Description: Have you been grappling with whether labs can be delivered effectively in the online environment? This session will review what the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University is doing for online labs, proving that it’s not about the labs, it’s about the outcomes. This highly interactive and collaborative session will utilize problem-based learning to help participants uncover strategies to use in their own courses.

Facilitators: Melissa Hicks (Penn State University)


Online Education and COVID-19: Answering the Call to Action

Description: All hands on deck! With the spread of COVID-19 this spring semester, many institutions have answered the unexpected call to action to continue operations by bringing online education to all students. This session will ask attendees to dig in and explore ways to maintain the quality of online learning and innovation within this record-paced transformation of interactions, environments, strategies, and cultures. During this collaborative session, we will develop a toolkit with resources to help you promote innovation in teaching, course design, program design, and learning culture at your institution.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma)

Friday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Building OER Momentum in Oklahoma

Description: This session will provide attendees a pathway forward for increasing availability of low/no-cost course materials for students within Oklahoma institutions.  Lessons from the field will help you expand your “why” of OER and envision where we can go as a system through harnessing current resources and future opportunities.

Presenter: Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)

Thursday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Preparing for AI and Machine Learning in Online Education

Description: AI is the next evolution of big data’s use in education. As more institutions develop their capabilities and architecture to obtain more data on their students, mining this data to better serve the student will become the focus of getting students to completion. Yet, the process to “hire” AI and implement it at scale should be guided by thoughtful conversations from administrators, faculty, students, and staff. While the promise of specific AI technology will be discussed, the leadership required to advance AI enabled strategic change will be a focus of the conversation.

Presenters: Luke Dowden (Alamo Colleges District), Karen Srba (St. Francis University)

Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central


Don’t Forget About Accessibility as you Move Your Entire World to the Web

Description: The world is in unprecedented territory. You’re being asked to move your classes online, and seeing enrollment in existing distance education climb. Students are not on campus. How do we make sure that we keep our obligations to students with disabilities in the middle of all of this change? During this session we will discuss how critical it is, especially now, to build accessible educational environments. We will share some tips and guidance and leave you with resources to help.

Presenter: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)

Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Bandwidth Depletion and Recovery in the COVID-19 Transition to Remote Learning

Description: Each of us has a finite amount of mental bandwidth for all the tasks in our lives. By bandwidth, I’m referring to attentional resources. This isn’t about how smart a person is, but about how much of their cognitive capacity is available for learning. One of the most powerful bandwidth stealers is uncertainty. In this public health crisis, our students – and our instructors – are living in a situation where uncertainty is the only constant. What can we do, within classes and as institutions, to provide environments of certainty for our students so they can recover a bit of bandwidth for learning?

Presenter: Cia Verschelden (Malcolm X College)

Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central


Getting Rid of Grades, Making Room for Feedback

Description: This session will provide an overview of un-grading, a movement in both K-12 and higher ed to put the focus on feedback, not grades. The goal: increase motivation, decrease stress, and advance learning by providing students with actionable feedback instead of number/letter grades.

Presenter: Laura Gibbs (University of Oklahoma)

Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Engaging Students Virtually

Description: Best practices to keep students involved and moving through an online course.

Presenter: Akram Taghavi-Burris (University of Tulsa)

Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Celebrating Online Learning Excellence in Oklahoma, Part I

Description: This event will showcase the 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award winners.

Facilitator:  Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)

Guest Presenters: Jason Stone, Breeman Ainsworth, Dorothy Weaver (OSU-OKC Division of Liberal Arts)

Friday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Developing Online Teaching Skills

Description: Learn what skills are critical for online instructors, and how to develop those skills while also motivating online instructors to stay active and engaged in their courses right alongside their students.

Presenter: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University

Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central


The Trials and Tribulations of Building an Institutional KPI Dashboard

Description: From the humble beginnings of automating a paper statistics report to predictive analytics, the KPI Dashboard (custom built by the IDEA Team at UCO using Blackboard Analytics) has had its share of growing pains as well as triumphs. This session will discuss some of the features (room search, schedule toxicity, enrollment projection, and department and university profiles) and the pitfalls, both hit and avoided, along the way.

Presenter: Liz Crowell (University of Central Oklahoma), Sean Gausman (University of Central Oklahoma)

Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Changes to Federal Regulations That You Should Know About

Description: The U.S. Department of Education is redoing several regulations regarding distance education and educational innovations offered by colleges and universities. This session will explore those that you most need to understand and take your questions.

Presenter:  Russ Poulin, Executive Director (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology)

Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


The State of Online Education in Oklahoma

Description: This presentation highlights key trends, issues, and updates related to online and blended learning in Oklahoma.

Presenters: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College); Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)

Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central


Online Consortium of Oklahoma: Summer Accessibility Series | Microsoft Word Part 1

Description: Introduction to digital accessibility in Microsoft Word 2019.

Facilitators: Lyssa Prince (OK ABLE Tech)


The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2019

Description: This presentation highlights key trends, issues, and updates related to online and blended learning in Oklahoma.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Kyle Foster (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


A Practical Guide to Teaching Online Courses

Description: This presentation will cover proven strategies to set-up faculty, their students, and their departments for success in online courses. The use of data-driven decisions, mobile course design, mobile content development, implementing OER, and the engagement-edutainment of students will be demonstrated from online science courses across Oklahoma. This presentation will empower you to achieve higher enrollment, higher student completion rates, and higher personal satisfaction in your online courses – while having a blast!

Facilitators: Kenny Tapp (University of Central Oklahoma)


Syllabus Curb Appeal: Entice Learners to Look Inside the Online Course

Description: Learners formulate their first impression of a course before they even step inside. In the typical online course, the syllabus can be very telling of what one can expect to learn and experience. It can be follow the standard “terms of contract” approach or it can be designed in a way that grabs attention, engages, and initiates the learner’s interest. This session will present design methods that can be used in the course syllabus to maximize the value of the learner experience.

Facilitators: Tracy Fairless (University of Central Oklahoma), Steve Covello (Granite State College)


Planning the Trip

Description: Beginning with the end in mind, this workshop will take a look at measurable course objectives and how they provide the foundation for much of the design, including types of learning activities and assessments that are necessary to help learners achieve the desired outcomes. We’ll consider course mapping and module mapping and how participants might share those in their online course designs. The emphasis throughout this session is on alignment.

Facilitators: Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College)


Accessibility Across the Higher Education Institution

Description: We will take some time to discuss how accessibility in technology spans across traditional higher education silos and some of the people that are key to moving accessibility from a project or add-on to a sustainable program.

Facilitators: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)


Are your students ready for an online course?

Description: This presentation takes a look at the new Oklahoma Learner Readiness Tool and how the tool can assist first time online students. The tool covers areas such as organizational skills, time management, learning preferences, and more. In many cases students are overwhelmed with self-directed learning. This tool will help first time online students to be successful in online courses.

Facilitators: Gary Dotterer (Rogers State University)


Starting Strong in Online Teaching

Description: If you have never taught online, recently began teaching online, or would just like a refresher, consider joining us for this 2 hour session focused on helping educators begin their online teaching journey. The session will be interactive and include several examples. Some of the topics that will be covered are: • Faculty readiness • Needed technical skills and how to strengthen those skills • Creating an online community • Re-thinking the instructor’s role in an online class • Ideas to help student’s start strong in an online class • Examples of consistent organization & navigation

Facilitators: Randy Dominguez (Tulsa Community College), Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College)


OpenStax in Science

Description: This presentation will focus on experiences gained through implementation of the OpenStax OER in a community college science course. Tools that have assisted with this implantation will also be presented and discussed.

Facilitators: Amanda Carlisle (Beaufort County Community College)


New Realities!

Description: Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality are powerful and fundamentally different from existing communication mediums. Ken Parker will explain them and how can you potentially use them for education.

Facilitators: Ken Parker (Next Thought)


Live Panel Discussion on Online Education Innovation

Description: This session will be an interactive exchange of ideas and effective practices from expert online educators across Oklahoma. Topics will include online teaching and course design practices as well as questions from the audience.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd, moderator (UCO); Maria Christian (NSU); Randy Dominguez (TCC); Gary Dotterer (RSU); Brett King (UCO); Stacy Southerland (UCO)


Preparing Students to be Successful Online Learners

Description: This session will be a discussion of the characteristics of online learners and tips and strategies for supporting them as they prepare to enter the world of online learning. Please come join the conversation as we discuss ways to prepare students to enter the world of online learning.

Facilitators: Glenne’ Whisenhunt (OCCC)


Creating an Engaging Online Course on a Budget

Description: Learn the interactive elements this instructor implements in her online class and the budget-friendly resources she uses. This workshop features free (and almost free) tech tools and resources for creating interesting instructional videos and facilitating student engagement. Skill level: beginner to intermediate. More advanced Q&A also available for animation, etc.

Facilitators: Kinda Wilson (OSU)


Finding Accessibility Barriers: Testing Web and Non Web Content

Description: Identifying barriers to accessibility may not be as difficult as you think. There are tools and techniques that you can use, for free, to test your web and non-web content for accessibility. Join Steph Rogers from the University of Central Oklahoma and Rob Carr from Oklahoma ABLE Tech to learn some of the basics of testing websites, PDF and Microsoft Office content for accessibility.

Facilitators: Steph Rogers (UCO); Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech, OSU)


Technology tools use for course communication


Implementing Open Educational Resources

Description: Open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources provide the foundation for a world in which universal access to education is possible. Governments are supporting this shift with a move toward open policies: requiring public access to publicly funded resources. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss specific examples where faculty, institutions and governments have moved the default on practice, culture and funding from “closed” to “open.”

Facilitators: Cable Green (Creative Commons)


Welcome to week 2 of the Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit.

Welcome to week 2 of the Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit.

Here are some exciting events happening this week!  


Online Cheating — Who you have caught?… and how?

Description: Detecting academic dishonesty in the online environment isn’t always easy. This session will focus on tools, tips, and tricks to reduce academic dishonesty in the online environment. The discussion will also give examples of how some of these tools and practices were used to detect and stop student cheating.

Facilitators: Travis Hurst, moderator (Rose State College)


Selecting Technologies for Successful Online Learning

Description: When developing an online course, there are different third-party programs and software that can be used to help enhance the students experience. The University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies will discuss and demonstrate the following products: SoftChalk, Salas, GoAnimate, Google Drive, and others.

Facilitators: John Boekenoogen (OU)


How to Get Started Teaching Online

Description: This session is a virtual panel discussion on lessons learned from administration, faculty, and Instructional Design perspectives for those who are just beginning to teach online. Issues addressed will include training needed, course design considerations, managing an online course, and communication tips. Join us for a panel presentation and then open discussion on how to get started with teaching online.”

Facilitators: Randy Dominguez (Tulsa Community College)


2018 Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit Update

I hope you are enjoying the 2018 Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit!

I want to provide a few updates and information related to the summit.


Using Video to Teach: Preparing Students for Lab

Description: Class time is valuable, particularly in labs. This presentation will focus on the use of video to free up time to focus on content by moving the pre-lab material online and will discuss how SCORM content is used for a “flipped class” model.

Facilitators: Amy Hurst (Rose State College)


State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2018

Description: This session shares innovative initiatives and collaborations occurring across the state of Oklahoma aimed at growing the quality and excellence of online and blended education opportunities.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Kyle Foster (OSRHE)