Fall 2019 Open Textbook Workshops

Though we are only a few weeks into the fall semester, The PALSave team has already been busy preparing and delivering open textbook workshops! In September, presentations were held for at DePauw University, and Wabash College, with a total of 30 faculty attending.

We are also excited to announce a virtual version of the workshop, Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, & Success, for faculty who have been unable to attend a workshop on their campus. This Zoom webinar will be held on Monday, Oct 21 from 3-4pm, and faculty attendees from PALNI supported institutions will be eligible to receive a $200 stipend for completing a review of a textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Sign up to attend here

The webinar workshop is part of a whole set of activities the Scholarly Communications and PALSave groups are coordinating for Open Access (OA) week, October 21-25. Be sure to watch for more announcements related to OA week on the PALNI community. 
Interested in bringing the workshop to your campus? Fill out the form at this link. For more information about the PALSave program, contact us at palsave@palni.edu

PALSave System Leaders Attend Open Textbook Network Summit

Four PALSave System Leaders returned to Chaska, Minnesota for the annual Open Textbook Network Summit. This yearly gathering, held each July, brings together OTN members for learning, collaboration, and conversation.

The focus of this year’s OTN Summit was inclusion and equity. Attendees took part in a one day workshop, led by Jess Mitchell from the Inclusive Design Research Centre, and were challenged to think about how open education programs promote and connect to institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

There were also breakout and summit sessions focused on collecting data on open education initiatives, publishing open texts, and changes to OTN working groups and support systems. 

Attending the OTN Summit each year is helpful for keeping our system leaders aware of the latest initiatives being launched by the Open Textbook Network, as well as providing educational opportunities that will help us expand the PALSave program into new directions, like publishing and adapting open works.

The PalSave System leaders are:

Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director for PALNI
Erin Milanese, Affordable Learning Project Coordinator for PALNI & Head of Learning Technologies for Goshen College
Heather Myers, Public Services Librarian for Anderson University
Jennifer Raye, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Butler University
Dr. Tim Ziebarth, Executive Dean, The School of Professional and Online Education for Grace College and Seminary

For more information about the PALSave program, or to bring the PALSave team to your campus, please contact us at palsave@palni.edu

Four of the PALSave System Leaders in Chaska, MN
From left to right: Heather Myers, Amanda Hurford, Jennifer Raye, Erin Milanese