Friday, February 28 2020, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM [EST]

One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT, 06118, United States

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Friday, February 28 2020, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM [EST]

Goodwin University, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT, 06118, United States.

The CT OER Coordinating Council is excited to announce the upcoming CTOER Summit, a one-day event for curricular leaders, department chairs, and program directors to explore the benefits of OER, engage with OER providers, and learn about a new state OER grant program.


Goodwin University, One Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT (campus map)

Main Auditorium


8:30 am-9 am - Registration - Main Lobby

9:00 am-9:15 am - Welcome - Auditorium

  • Tim Larson, Executive Director of Connecticut's Office of Higher Education 
  • Danielle Wilken, Provost of Goodwin University

9:15 am-10:00 am - Keynote Speaker - Auditorium

  • Mark McBride, State University of New York, Senior Library Strategist

10:00 am-10:15 am - Break

10:15 am-11:00 am - Student Panel - Auditorium

  • Moderator: Cailyn Nagle, US PIRG, Affordable Textbooks Campaign Director
  • Panelist: Shafina Chowdhury, University of Connecticut
  • Panelist: Fatima Flores, Goodwin University
  • Panelist: Maya Marmarka, University of Connecticut
  • Panelist: Michael Rahilly, Goodwin University
  • Panelist: Jeffrey Safo-Darko, Central Connecticut State University

11:00 am-11:15 am - Break

11:15 am-12:00 pm - Department Chair Panel - Auditorium

  • Moderator: Beth Johnson, Provost, Post University
  • Panelist: David Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs,  Northwestern CT Community College
  • Panelist: Phillip Fox,  Director and Associate Professor of English, Goodwin University
  • Panelist: Michael LaBarbera, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Housatonic Community College
  • Panelist: Jason Molitierno, Chair of Mathematics, Sacred Heart University

12:00 pm-1:00 pm - Lunch

Lunch will be served in the Community Room. Attendees have a choice of three lunch-time activities:

  • Option 1: Discipline-Specific Table Discussions - Community Room

  • Option 2: All About OER: OER 101 - Center for Teaching Excellence (Room 208)
    • Eileen Rhodes, Director of Library Services, Capital Community College
    • Jillian Maynard, Reference Instruction Librarian, Central Connecticut State University

  • Option 3: Open Pedagogy - Auditorium
    • Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer, Western Connecticut State University
    • Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of Digital Learning, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

1 pm-2:30 pm -  OER Exploration & Networking - Auditorium then Main Lobby

An opportunity to engage with various OER providers.

  • LibreTexts
  • Lumen Learning
  • OER Commons
  • OpenStax

2:30 pm-3:00 pm - Reconvening, Grant Opportunity Overview & Closing Remarks - Auditorium

  • Kevin Corcoran, Statewide OER Coordinator, Executive Director of Digital Learning, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

Cancellation policy

If you are not able to attend, please cancel your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

CSCU OER Advisory Council

The Connecticut Open Educational Resources Coordinating Council was created by Connecticut Public Act 19-117 Section 147 to establish and promote a grant program to support faculty exploration and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) for discipline areas where high quality, openly licensed, low or no cost course materials exist.


Mark McBride
Library Senior Strategist, Office of Library and Information Services, State University of New York

Mark is currently the Library Senior Strategist in the Office of Library and Information Services at SUNY System Administration. He is a thought leader in higher education, with a track record as a change agent. He is a connector, bringing institutions and people together around ideas and innovations. In his role at the SUNY System, he works to align the goals of the SUNY Libraries with the broader system priorities, with a particular focus on the future of scholarly communication. He is an Open Education advocate and believes in the unfettered access to content for researchers and learners. Mark is at the center of the Open Educational Resource and Open Access efforts in SUNY. He is co-founder of the Open Education Research Lab at the University at Buffalo and his research interests focus on the impact OER has on teaching and learning. He serves on the Open Education Advisory Council for SPARC, the Executive Council for the Every Learner Everywhere project sponsored by Intentional futures (IF), the Advisory Council for LibreText, the Board of the SUNY Libraries Consortium, and the Innovative Instruction Research Council (IIRC) for SUNY.

Dr. Dave Ferreira
Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Dr. Dave Ferreira is currently the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. In this role he serves as the college’s Chief Academic Officer in addition to being the Chief Student Affairs Officer. He is an advocate of high quality Open Educational Resources to make higher education more affordable and accessible to our students. Prior to coming to NCCC, Dave held leadership roles in South Carolina and Florida. Dave has supported OER at NCCC by using institutional resources to purchase an institutional license to NROC. This made NCCC, the first college in Connecticut to join the NROC network and saving students thoughts of dollars collectively in English and Math course materials.

Dr. Phillip J. Fox
Director and Associate Professor of English, Goodwin University

Phillip J. Fox is Director and Associate Professor of English at Goodwin University in East Hartford, CT. Dr. Fox has thirteen years of experience in education, and he primarily teaches first-year composition and American Literature courses. He has recently worked to incorporate OER in English courses and to facilitate conversations with faculty about OER. He is the author of A Majority of One: A New Historicist Reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Circles” and textbook titled Discover the Writer in You.

Michael La Barbera
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Housatonic Community College

Michael has been teaching mathematics courses in higher education for over 10 years ranging from arithmetic to multi-variable calculus. In 2014, he discovered the use of an Open Educational Resource for Intermediate Algebra from Scottsdale Community College. He, along with other colleagues, edited and shared the workbook and related materials via the Creative Commons license. Currently, the workbook is widely used at several Connecticut college's. He's interested in learning how to best serve students' needs by expanding his knowledge of mathematics and utilizing accessible resources.

Dr. Jason Molitierno
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Sacred Heart University

Dr. Jason Molitierno, professor and department chair, has taught at Sacred Heart University since 2001 and served as department chair since 2011. His main passion is teaching and he enjoys teaching a variety of courses to both majors and non-majors. He is also active in research, having published several papers in the field of matrix graph theory. In 2012, his book “Applications of Combinatorial Matrix Theory to Laplacian Matrices of Graphs” was published by CRC Press. Dr. Molitierno is also very active in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He served as Chair of the Northeastern Section of the MAA from 2007 to 2009, Section NExT Coordinator for new faculty in the Section from 2011 to 2015, and the representative of the Northeastern Section to the MAA Congress from 2015 to 2018. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Section.