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UMKC Fall Conference:
Open Education

September 8, 2017 | Kauffman Foundation Conference Center | Kansas City, MO

Keynote Presentation:
Open to Change

Open Education is both a new and old idea, drawing on the best traditions of sharing knowledge and scholarship. Why is open education gaining more attention? What motivates faculty and administrators to adopt open educational principles and practice? As more faculty and institutions embrace Open Educational Resources, questions arise about the effects of this for higher education.

Are students more or less successful when OER are used? How are faculty viewing teaching and learning with open content? How are institutions making OER part of their everyday practice? Are policy makers taking notice? We will explore questions of impact of OER and Open Education en route to situating OER and open education in the context of the evolving world of higher ed.

Keynote Speaker:
Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director – Open Education Consortium

Mary Lou Forward is the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium, an organization dedicated to the development of open education and its impact on higher education around the world. Among its activities, the Open Education Consortium supports the development of open educational projects and policies around the world; runs the annual Open Education Week, a world-wide week of events focused on open education; supports the creation of MOOCs using open content; runs the annual Open Education Global Conference; provides consulting and training in digital, online and open strategy; and maintains the international Directory of Open Education Professionals. Prior to joining the Open Education Consortium, Mary Lou served as the Dean of African studies, working with institutions across Africa for nearly two decades and a faculty member in African Studies with a focus on Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

FaCET Conference
Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Fall 2017 FaCET Conference, scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2017, will focus on ePortfolios.
The conference is scheduled from 830-430 at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road.

This day-long workshop will be led by Dr. Cathy Buyarski, the Executive Director for Student Success Initiatives and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Within these roles, Dr. Buyarski provides leadership and oversight for academic advising, career development, student employment, new student orientation, learning assistance, TRiO programs, and scholarship programs for students from at-risk backgrounds. With a background in student affairs and student development, Cathy has significant experience in building programs that support retention and student success. She holds a master’s degree in college student development from Oklahoma State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation focused on collaboration between academic and student affairs as a way to enhance student learning.

The workshop will focus on the varied uses of ePortfolios for assessment of course objectives, indicators of competency based learning, and determining the achievement of course learning outcomes. The workshop will be hand-on and allow you to explore ePortfolios and determine their effectiveness for your courses.