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    OLC Innovate: Hear From AST on Partnerships & Faculty Career Growth

    By: Danielle Chazen
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    This Tuesday and Wednesday, you can catch AST’s newest specialized education team member, Dr. Sherri Restauri, as she delivers two important sessions at OLC Innovate. Dr. Restauri, Senior Customer Success Manager at AST, a Verbit company, will delve into fostering campus partnerships and faculty development.

    This joint conference is presented by OLC and MERLOT. It provides a path for education-focused innovators to share best practices and explore new ideas. The event is designed to facilitate collaboration to drive forward online, digital and blended learning opportunities.

    This year’s conference kicked off virtually on March 28 and continues in-person from April 11 – 14 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dalla

    EDUCATION SESSION | April 12 from 1:15-2:00pm

    Join Dr. Restauri as she serves as the lead presenter on Fostering Campus Partnerships That Support Adoption Of Open Education Access Materials. She will be joined by notable co-presenters, including B. Jean Mandernach (Grand Canyon University), Julie Evey (Kent State University-Geauga Campus) and Catherine Honig (retired from National Louis University)

    This session will explore the adoption of open instructional materials, which has gained merit in recent years. It will focus on how effective integration of open educational resources requires collaboration among a number of campus stakeholders. Faculty, instructional designers, technologists, librarians and others must be involved and work together for success.

    The presentation will provide insights to foster campus partnerships that enhance the integration and maintenance of OER

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    CAREER FORUM ROUNDTABLE | April 13 from 11:15-12pm

    As OLC Innovate also focuses on career development opportunities, Dr. Restauri will also deliver a presentation within the Leadership and Advocacy Track to assist faculty in their careers.

    Where Do I Begin? Finding Growth And Success For Early Career Faculty And Faculty In New Positions, Dr. Restauri will deep-dive into how early career faculty and staff have much to figure. From how to effectively teach in today’s environment to juggling other professional responsibilities, this roundtable will provide helpful information for early career faculty and faculty in new positions. The discussion will provide helpful takeaways for all faculty, whether they’re in year one, year five or beyond.


    Join AST at the event as we collaborate with attendees to challenge teaching and learning paradigms and reimagine the learning experience. Participants will brainstorm and explore how innovation and disruption affecting education today will shape future classrooms

    Event sessions are focused to fall under various tracks which include:
    – Blending Teaching & Learning
    – Career and Technical Education
    – Instructional Technologies and Tools
    – Leadership and Advocacy
    – Open Learning
    – Process, Problems, and Practices
    – Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings
    – Teaching and Learning Practice

    AST is honored to have a presence on more than one event session as OLC presenters go through a rigorous three-stage, double-blind review process upon conference proposal submission. Our leaders who are attending are excited to learn from the events’ conversations, roundtables, graduate student discovery sessions and workshops.

    AST currently serves as an essential partner to universities and community colleges in the US and across the globe, assisting them with their accessibility and inclusion efforts.

    The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is an organization dedicated to creating equitable spaces where academics, practitioners, students and staff can collaborate and bring forth their unique experiences to build inclusive and accessible learning environments. Learn more about
    the event here.