Open Educational Resources Committee Meeting: June 6, 2023

Zoom / Conference Call

Members attending: Dorinne Banks (Adler University), Amber Burtis (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Catherine Galarza-Espino (Morton College); Dan Matthews, co-chair (Moraine Valley Community College), Christina Norton (Bradley University); Tineka Scalzo, co-chair (City Colleges of Chicago), Chris Sweet (Illinois Wesleyan University)

Members absent: Kim Hale (Columbia College Chicago), Lauren Kosrow (College of DuPage), Dee Anna Phares (Northern Illinois University)

CARLI Staff attending: Elizabeth Clarage, Michele Leigh, Nicole Swanson.


  • Christina, Dan, and Tineka will review and update content and delivery of OER Course: Understanding and Promoting OER.
  • OER Office Hours name change; will now be called “OER Community Chat.”

Tasks Assigned

  • Minutes taken by Tineka Scalzo.


  • CARLI Announcements:
    • Ben Mead-Harvey will host a session on successful workplace communication.
    • Nicole, Elizabeth, and Michelle will present a session on creating a student survey at the Open Education Conference.
    • Catherine and Chris are rotating off the committee.


  • Chair/co-chair nominations for 2023-2024
    • Responsibilities include drafting the agenda and sharing it with the committee a week before each meeting; running meetings, and writing the annual report.
    • Will continue nomination process via email.
  • Continuing Education
    • OER Course: Understanding and Promoting OER (13 registered)
      • Christina, Dan, and Tineka will review and update content and delivery of course.
    • Workshop modalities.
      • Should we consider offering in-person sessions? Will continue to offer virtual sessions so they are accessible to individuals across the state.
    • OER Faculty Workshop
      • Volunteers and program dates
      • New ideas for updating the flow of the workshop and for paring down content. Consider shortening pre- and post-readings.
    • OER Office Hours
      • Attendance has been good. Discussion of possible changes to format. Agreed to keep it flexible and less formal than workshops.
      • Will add to IACRL and RAILS lists to promote events.
      • Name change discussion. Will move to “Community Chat” in order to be more descriptive.
    • Open Pedagogy Workshop
      • OEN has a new open pedagogy workshop
      • Will open program size since there are always more registered than attend.
  • Student Survey
    • Sent to college administrators and provosts on April 5, 2023. Will be open until December.
    • Five info sessions have been held.
    • 322 responses so far, from five institutions (mostly community colleges).
    • Nicole et al will meet to discuss data points and sharing of information.
  • CARLI Support for OEN Certificate in OER Librarianship
  • CARLI Support for Creative Commons Certificate Program
    • Eight participants received funding.
    • Participants asked to share two artifacts each; will look at options for online sharing.
    • Will seek to continue program next year.
  • DOE Open Textbook Pilot Grant: Illinois SCOERs: Support for the Creation of Open Educational Resources
    • Book cover template in development.
    • 3D printers delivered.
    • University of Illinois-Springfield’s LibreTexts project will be used in Fall 2023. Other institutions will test portions of new materials.
    • Upcoming workshop on H5P.
  • 3rd Party Ancillaries
    • Priorities for inclusion drafted. Initial list of potential systems to explore.
  • Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
    • $5000 available for Illinois to support OER.
    • June 16th deadline to share suggestions.

Next Meeting Dates and Deadlines

  • The next committee meeting is to be determined
  • Note taker will be Lauren Kosrow.