Date: Friday, April 26th

Location: Commons 221/222

9-9:45am- Breakfast/Check-In 

9:45-10am- Welcome

Malcolm Hill, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Bates College 

10-11am- Plenary Opening/ Keynote Presentation

Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Power of Open Education to Affect Access to an Affordable Education, Student Success and RetentionOpen education is a buzz topic on college campuses nationwide as well as in scholarly literature. In this talk, Marilyn will define what is open education, what are open educational resources and describe how the use of these materials can be used to address student success, retention and affordability.

11-11:45am- Morning Session Breakout

11:45am-1pm- Lunch in Commons 

1-2pm- Faculty Presentation

Karen Cangialosi, Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor of Biology at Keene State College

Teaching in the Open: Teaching in the Open is about building connections and community. It is about contextualizing learning in a larger world outside of the classroom, and making education more relevant, inclusive, equitable and accessible. Open helps us address the question: How can my role as a teacher or professional in higher education have a greater impact in influencing our larger culture? Open Pedagogy deeply prioritizes the empowerment of learners to take greater ownership of how and what they learn, and encourages them to “not just be consumers of, but contributors to the knowledge commons.” While it involves the use of the web, OER, and some easy-to-learn technological tools, it is not about the technology itself. Instead, practitioners of open pedagogy leverage the open license, and utilize the web for uncontrolled discovery, creativity and analysis, and as a venue for dialogue with the wider public.

2-3:30pm- Panel and Afternoon Session Breakout 

Kirk Read, Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College 

Carrie Diaz-Eaton, Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies at Bates College and the Consortium Director for QUBES (

Meredith Greer, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Bates College

3:30-4pm- Closing