Open Educational Resources Task Force Meeting: April 17, 2018

Conference Call

Members attending: Annette Alvarado (Loyola University Chicago), Anne Chernaik, interim co-chair (College of Lake County), Chris Diaz (Northwestern University), Kathy Ladell, interim co-chair (Northern Illinois University), Sue Shultz (DePaul University), Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University)
Members absent: Elizabeth Nelson (McHenry County College), Anne Shelley, chair (Illinois State University), Janet Swatscheno (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign),

Staff attending: Lorna Engels

Staff absent: Elizabeth Clarage


  • Chris Diaz agreed to take minutes.
  • March minutes were approved with edits.


  • Member Announcements:
    • Anne Chernaik will be soon taking a sabbatical to work on OER efforts at the College of Lake County.
    • Kathy Ladell suggested that the task force propose a conference presentation for the Open Education Southern Symposium (Oct 1-2, 2018 at the University of Arkansas). She will be coordinating the proposal submission; contact her if there’s interest in assisting.
    • Annette has been meeting with university administration about OER.
    • Linda Zellmer gave a workshop on OER for faculty at Western Illinois University, where she made connections with students about OER and was able to assist a Psychology professor on identifying potential OER.
    • Sue Shultz submitted an IRB application for a student and faculty survey on course costs and OER. The survey is expected to be distributed in May.
  • CARLI Updates:
    • Open Textbook Network workshops are coming up, April 23-26.
    • CARLI is working on a newsletter; contact Lorna with any suggestions for the newsletter.


  • OTN Workshops in April: No updates; everything is ready to go.
  • Other: Book chapter is currently in draft form.

Next Meeting

Next Task Force Call: Tuesday, May 15th at 1 p.m.