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NISO Training Thursday

Discovery and Assessment of Open Educational Resources (OER) 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.

About the Training 

This session is meant to be a guided, step-by-step training opportunity that will follow the April 19 NISO Virtual Conference: Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware & More.  

Background Reading:

A Multi-Institutional Study of the Impact of Open Textbook Adoption on the Learning Outcomes of Post- Secondary Students: According to this 2015 journal article, in three key measures of student success (course completion, final grade of C- or higher, course grade) students whose faculty chose OER generally performed as well or better than students whose faculty assigned commercial textbooks.

Babson Report Opening the Textbook 

PIRG Covering the Costs  

PIRG Fixing the Broken Textbook Market 

PIRG Access Denied 

Florida Textbook Survey

About the Instructors


Cheryl Cuillier is an Associate Librarian in the Research & Learning Department at the University of Arizona Libraries. She serves as OER Coordinator, liaison librarian to the colleges of business and architecture, and leader of the library’s Summon Oversight Group. She has been at the UA Libraries since 2009.


Cross -- Discovery and Quality of OER from National Information Standards Organization (NISO)


Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries. He leads the NCSU Alt-Textbook project and was recently awarded an IMLS grant to study OER adoption and development. Will speaks and writes nationally on copyright, scholarly communication, and open culture.



Teri Oaks Gallaway is Interim Executive Director of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. She joined LOUIS after ten years at Loyola University New Orleans, where she was an Associate Professor in the Monroe Library and Associate Director for Research, Scholarship & Technology for the University Honors Program. At LOUIS she led the development of the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative. Her research explores the opportunities and outcomes of open educational resource (OER) programs and their institutional impacts.


Any organization that registers for the associated Virtual Conference, including the two subscription packages -- Buy 4, Get 2; NISO LSA and Voting Member offer Buy 3, Get 3 -- will receive a Login Information email invitation to join the associated Training event which will be sent on the Monday prior to the training session.

The Login Information email will be sent to the registered attendee listed in our online registration system.

If you would like to attend the event without registering for the associated Virtual Conference, you may do so using the following links:

2017 Registration Fees:

  • NISO & NASIG Members: $55
  • NISO Non-Members & International: $60
  • Students: $25

If paying by credit card, register online.

Additional Information 

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the training session via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact nisohq@niso.org to provide alternate contact information.
  • Presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived training webinar recording 24- 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.