Affordable Learning Ohio Summit

OhioLINK, ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) Scholarly Communications Interest Group, and the University of Akron's Affordable Learning Initative are co-sponsoring an Affordable Learning Summit to be hosted at University of Akron on August 1st and 2nd, 2018.

This event is designed to help foster information sharing amongst institutions in the State of Ohio that are currently engaged with an affordable learning initiative. The free and optional half-day pre-summit on August 1st is for individuals (librarians, instructional designers, administrators) to learn about open educational resources, open textbooks, and copyright. The main summit on August 2nd will include sessions on Building Partnerships on Your Campus, Funding and Grant Opportunities, Enduring Engagement with Your Initiative, and Open Authorship.

Join us for this wonderful collaborative, informative, and networking event!


  • Pre-Summit = Free
  • Main Summit = $65.00
  • Parking = Included

Questions regarding the summit may be directed to Anna Bendo at

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Wednesday, August 1st – Pre-Summit

"Community Building" (free, optional)

1:00PM – 2:15PM Crash Course in Affordable Learning
Steve Kaufman | The University of Akron
Mandi Goodsett | Cleveland State University
Anna Bendo | OhioLINK
Carla Myers | Miami University
2:15PM – 3:15PM Copyright & Creative Commons
Carla Myers | Miami University
2:30PM – 3:30PM Break
3:30PM – 4:30PM

Roundtable Discussions

  • Locating Resources
    Mary Hricko | Kent State University
  • Making Connections Across Campus
    Mandi Goodsett | Cleveland State University
  • Copyright and Creative Commons
    Carla Myers | Miami University
    Mark Clemente | Case Western Reserve University
  • Faculty Incentives to Adopt
    Joe Nowakowski | Muskingum University
  • How the Library and University Press Impact Affordability
    Mark Konecny | University of Cincinnati
    Kelly Broughton | Ohio University
6:00PM – 8:00PM “Dine-Around” / Continuing the Discussion / Networking

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Thursday, August 2nd – Main Summit

"Making Connections and Moving Forward"

7:45AM – 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00AM – 9:30AM Welcome and Overview
Aimée deChambeau | The University of Akron
Mark Clemente | ALAO
Gwen Evans | OhioLINK
9:30AM – 9:45AM Break
9:45AM – 10:45AM Reframing Course Design for Affordable Learning at UA
Steve Kaufman and Sean Kennedy | The University of Akron
10:45AM – 11:00AM Break
11:00AM – 12:00PM Funding Open Textbooks – Where does the money come from?
Amanda Postle | The Ohio State University
Glenda Thornton | Cleveland State University
Mary Hricko | Kent State University
Nicole Allen | SPARC
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch
1:15PM – 2:15PM Beginning, Enduring, and Sustaining Engagement (Panel)
Moderator: Aimée deChambeau | The University of Akron
Anna Davis | Ohio Dominican University
Michael Welker | North Central State College
Sheri Schulte | The University of Akron
Joe Nowakowski | Muskingum University
2:15PM – 2:30PM Break
2:30PM – 3:30PM The Pathway to Authorship and OER Creation (Panel)
Moderator: Sean Kennedy | The University of Akron
Jon Miller | The University of Akron
Mark Konecny | University of Cincinnati
Kelly Broughton | Ohio University
Melanie Gagich & Emilie Zickel | Cleveland State University
3:30PM – 4:00PM Closing / Takeaways, and Next Steps

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Summit attendees can receive a discounted rate at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Akron Stow (10-15 minutes from UA) for $129/night on 7/31 and 8/1. (Note: There are no rooms for 8/2.) Each room has 2 queen beds. Rooms are limited at the Fairfield Inn along with other hotels in the area due to other events happening around Akron. We encourage you to book your room early. The last day to book rooms at the group rate for the Fairfield Inn is 7/24.

There are two ways to make reservations at the Fairfield Inn at the discounted rate.

  1. Reserve online by selecting your dates, clicking on “Special Rates” and then “Group Code”. Enter the group code of UOAUOAA.
  2. You can call the hotel at 1-330-940-1450. Simply ask for the group rate for the “University Of Akron” as that is the group name for the two nights.

Rooms can be canceled with 48 hours’ notice or by 7/29 at 6 pm. A cancellation penalty of one night’s rate is assessed for cancellations that occur outside of those timeframes.

Each guest will be responsible for any damage that is done to the rooms or property. The Fairfield Inn requires a refundable deposit in case of any damages. UA has simply organized this discount rate. All other responsibilities fall to individual hotel guests.

The hotel provides a daily complimentary breakfast for guests.


The Affordable Learning Summit is being held at The University of Akron's Student Union. Attendees who don't already have a University of Akron parking pass can print a one day pass linked below. Please place the parking pass on your dashboard during the summit. We recommend that you park in Lot 39 which is located off of Carroll Street across from Mary Gladwin Hall.

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Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend either the pre-summit or main summit, please contact Steve Kaufman at Refunds will be issued in full if cancellations occur before on or before July 24th. Any cancellations after this date will receive a reduced 50% refund.