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The VALE OER Summit will consist of 45-minute breakout session presentations from individuals and teams who are using OER, are involved in campus OER initiatives, or have other experience/expertise related to OER or z-courses (zero-textbook costs).


  • Online registration opens May 16th & closes on June 5th
  • Registration is $25. Students may attend for free.



8:30am-9am Registration & morning refreshments

9am-9:15am Welcome and opening remarks

9:15am-9:45am Overview of OER in NJ institutions – Greg Fallon, PCCC; Megan Dempsey, RVCC (Grand Conference A/B)

9:45am-10:30am Student Experiences with OER Panel – PCCC and RVCC students

10:45am-11:30am Concurrent Breakouts Session 1

11:40am-12:25pm Concurrent Breakouts Session 2

12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:20pm-2:05pm Concurrent Breakouts Session 3

2:15pm-3:00pm Concurrent Breakouts Session 4


Program Descriptions

Session 1 – 10:45am-11:30am

  • Getting Started with OER: Fundamentals, Implementations and Assessment
    Khloud Kourani; John Rodrigues; James Sanders III (Passaic County Community College)
  • Student Engagement and Content Development in the OER Writing Classroom
    Alexandra Della Fera (Passaic County Community College)
  • The Evolution of Rutgers University’s Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Program
    Matt Bridgeman; Bonnie L, Fong; Laura Palumbo; Lily Todorinova; Zara Wilkinson (Rutgers University)

Session 2 – 11:40am-12:35pm

  • Students for Student Success: Involving Honors Students in OER Course DevelopmentAjshe Sulejmani; Peace Okoko; Andy Perales (Phi Theta Kappa Honors Students, Passaic County Community College)
  • Introducing the NERCOMP OER Community of PracticeRobert Harris (William Paterson University)
  • If You Build it, Will They Come? Grassroots Growth of an OER ProgramMegan Dempsey (Raritan Valley Community College)

Session 3 – 1:20pm-2:05pm

  • Myth and the Hero, an OER Course
    Richard Marranca (Passaic County Community College)
  • Finding and Working with Students to Promote OER
    Kaitlyn Vitez (US PIRG)
  • Meet Your NJ OER Ambassadors
    Alison Cole, Ken Karol, Janet Marler, Marilyn Ochoa

Session 4 – 2:15pm-3:00pm

  • Do Students Engage More with Course Materials that are Provided to Them Rather Than Purchased by Them?
    Kathy Suk (Raritan Valley Community College)
  • The OER History Course: How Shared Open Resources Can Improve Assessment and Training
    Martha Brozyna; Petar Drakulich (Passaic County Community College)
  • Shrinking the Opportunity Gap with OER: It’s Not as Hard as You Think
    Denel Bingel and Julie Mainka, (Raritan Valley Community College)


Directions & Parking

Directions: Campus Map

Parking: the closest parking lots are Lot 1 and Lot 9. No parking permits required.