May 16, 2024 | 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. | Memorial Hall

Title: From OER to Open Press and Open Impact: The Evolution of Large-Scale Open Education Initiatives


  • Stefanie Buck, Director, Open Educational Resources, Oregon State University
  • Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech
  • Allison Brown (she/her), Digital Publishing Services Manager, SUNY Geneseo
  • Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, Iowa State University
  • Julie Curtis, VP Growth & Strategy, Pressbooks (moderator)

Description: As open education initiatives gain momentum, they mature and often evolve beyond their original scope and purpose. They work to operationalize and scale their efforts to meet goals and optimize available resources. They seek to demonstrate the impacts of open education in ways that align with institutional priorities. The Open Press is an agile operational model that provides an efficient, centralized mechanism for creating, publishing, managing, sharing, and sustaining the use of open learning materials and scholarship.

This session begins by introducing a maturity model for open education initiatives that spans start-up, growth, integration, innovation, and movement towards OER sustainability, including the “Open Press” model. It then leads into a thoughtful discussion with campus champions who have directed open education initiatives through stages of maturity. They will share insights about how moving towards the Open Press model has helped them grapple with questions of scope and mission as they seek to build sustainable OER and impactful open education projects.

This interview-style panel discussion will delve into questions such as:

  • How have your goals evolved over time in alignment with broader organizational priorities, and what has this meant for the open education work you direct?
  • As your initiative has evolved, how have you answered the questions of, “What are we? What is our mission?”
  • What are you trying to do to blend the best of publishing with the best of open access in your Open Press initiative?
  • How have you navigated the question of what to say “no” to, as well as what to say “yes” to?
  • What tools or approaches have been particularly helpful to support your initiative and make it sustainable?
  • How do you approach the relational aspect of working with authors and creators?
  • What guidance would you offer colleagues trying to build sustainable, impactful open education initiatives?