There is still time to register for the FREE web-based conference for Illinois community colleges next week, March 28-30.

The theme of ILCCO’s Growing Online Learning Conference this year is Transitioning to OER and Harper professor Dave Braunschweig (Computer Information Systems) will be presenting on his personal experience using OER.

Registration and Additional Information

Recorded sessions will be available 4 hours after the end of the live session.

How to Replace Information Systems / Information Technology Textbooks with OER, and then Engage Students in Content Development

Tuesday, March 28: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Dave Braunschweig, Professor, Computer Information Systems, Harper College

This session will share personal experience in replacing Information Systems / Information Technology textbooks with Open Educational Resources. Examples include content already available for use, templates for content to be developed by the instructor, and templates for content to be developed by students as part of their course experience. The benefits of using OER will be discussed, and participants will come away with a variety of OER options and templates that may be used successfully in their CIS and NET courses.

The Noba Project: The (Mostly) Good, the (Slightly) Bad, and the (Tiny Bit) Ugly Experiences of an Early Adopter of an Open Textbook for General Psychology

Tuesday, March 28: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Ken Gray, Professor, Psychology, College of DuPage

This session will describe the experiences of a textbook author who switched from his own book to a free General Psychology resource published by the Noba Project. Although the experiences have been largely positive and rewarding, there have been some difficulties that faculty who are contemplating making the leap should be aware of.

Using MyOpenMath at McHenry County College

Wednesday, March 29: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Marie Robison, Instructor, Mathematics, McHenry County College

Marie Robison will explain how she has used MyOpenMath in all her developmental math classes at McHenry County College and explains how you can use it too!

Textbook Elimination: How I Did It!

Wednesday, March 29: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Anne Humphrey, Instructor, English, McHenry County College

A variety of instructional materials for those interested in eliminating a textbook can be compiled to suit individual courses, teaching styles, and logistical situations. Some options might not be obvious, and even more importantly, most offer pedagogical advantages as well as reduced cost to students. Get some ideas from a teacher who has offered Composition I and Composition II with no textbook for eight years.

No Book? No Way!

Thursday, March 30: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Jill Johnson, Associate Dean of Social and Business Science, Carl Sandburg College

In 2012, Jill Johnson pried the traditional publisher textbook out of her hands and went kicking and screaming into the world of OER. Learn how Jill converted her courses to OER, both the challenges and successes, and how she sold the idea to others in her department. Student feedback and data on cost savings will be shared.

Going OER with Statistics

Thursday, March 30: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Kona Jones, Director of Online Learning, Richland Community College

In this session the presenter will talk about the development and teaching of a completely OER statistics course. As part of the session the different resources and assignments will be discussed, as well as the time it takes to build an OER course, and student impressions of the course and resources.

For additional information, please contact: Jeff Newell, Deputy Director, Student Services and Technology, ICCB: 217.558.2066,