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OpenCon 2023 is coming!

posted by Donna Stewart on 2023-03-20T11:57:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

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OpenCon Ohio (previously OpenCon Cleveland) 2023 Conference, May 19th


opencon 2023Spring is in the air – that means it’s almost time for OpenCon at Cleveland State University. Since 2018, OpenCon Cleveland has brought faculty, staff, and even students together from institutions near and far to discuss open educational resources and practices. Now in 2023, with a planning committee comprising of faculty and staff from various Ohio institutions, we are rebranding as OpenCon Ohio.

Once again, this year’s conference will be completely virtual, and registration is free.  We’ll have online, asynchronous discussions earlier in the week (May 15th – May 18th). On Friday, May 19th, we’ll have live sessions via Zoom. 

Register for OpenCon Ohio 2023 by May 10th. We hope to see you there! 


Call for Proposals

The OpenCon Ohio 2023 Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for lightning talk and presentations for OpenCon Ohio 2023, the transformed OpenCon Cleveland from years past.

In keeping with the name change, OpenCon Ohio’s theme is the Transformative Power of Open Education. We’d love to hear how open educational practices are transforming teaching and learning on your campus. Topics could include open educational practices supporting equity, access, and creativity, course redesign with OER and/or open pedagogy, sharing of teaching practices, and open education advocacy and strategy. Other topics are welcome.

Proposals can take the form of:

  • a 5-10 minute prerecorded lightning talk
  • a 45-minute stand-alone interactive workshop
  • a 45-minute panel discussion

Submit your proposal for a presentation by April 3, 2023! 

Decisions about accepted submissions will be communicated by April 19th, if not earlier. Proposals will be evaluated according to the proposal rubric. Please feel free to direct any questions to Ben Richards at

For more information and updates, please visit our OpenCon Ohio 2023 web site.  

Our Keynote Speaker

Maha Bali, Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo.

Maha BaliMaha Bali is Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum), which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care, Socially Just Academia, a collaboration with OneHE: Community-building Resources and MYFest, an innovative 3-month professional learning journey.


Maha writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education. She blogs regularly at and tweets @bali_maha

The Keynote session is being sponsored by OhioLink, Ohio's statewide academic library consortium.

OpenCon Ohio 2023 Planning Committee

Cleveland State University:

  • Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Barbara Loomis, Digital Scholarly Publications and Programs Administrator, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Marsha Miles, Head, Collections and Resource Management, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Ben Richards (Committee Co-Chair), Business and Communication Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
  • Laura Ray (Committee Co-Chair), Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Heather Caprette, Sr. Media Developer/Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning
  • Melanie Gagich, Senior College Lecturer, First-Year Writing Program

Cuyahoga Community College:

  • Kevin Dranuski, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Learning Excellence (CLE)

Ohio Dominican University:

  • Anna Davis, Associate Professor & Department Head, Mathematics Department


  • Anna Bendo, Director, Affordable Learning Initiative

The Ohio State University:

  • Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, University Libraries


A schedule of events will be posted here towards the end of April 2023.

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