Fall 2017 NEFDC Conference

College of the Holy Cross,

Worcester, MA

Friday, November 17, 2017

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The OER Initiative: Working Towards Availability, Accessibility, and Affordability

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Conference Program

Panel Discussants

Tom Thibodeau, Assistant Provost, New England Institute of Technology




Sue Tashjian, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Northern Essex Community College




Patricia Richard, Faculty Member, Middlesex Community College




Donna Maturi, Coordinator of Library Services, Middlesex Community College



The ever-increasing cost of college is arguably the most serious problem in higher education. One of the most impactful ways to address the cost of education is through the adoption or creation of open educational resources (OER). OER represents a global movement to bring quality educational materials free of cost to students everywhere. It also represents an important collaboration between instructors, librarians, and administrators at many colleges and schools.

OER work brings challenges around issues such as quality control and content licensing--as well as faculty adoption, student learning and retention. Please join us in November for a conference on this very important initiative.


Please share this information with colleagues. We hope to see you in November 2017!
Conference Program
Guidelines for Presenters

Conference Location

1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

From Southbridge Street, turn up the hill onto College Street.  After you pass Linden Lane and academic buildings, turn left near the fieldhouse.  Hogan Center will be on your left and parking (free) is on your right.

Directions to Holy Cross.

Conference Rates

NEFDC conferences are one-day events held in the New England area.  A continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and wine and cheese poster session are included as part of the conference fee.

  • Non-member NEFDC - $165 early bird [Ends Oct 18th], $195 regular
  • Member and presenter rate NEFDC - $125 early bird, $155 regular,
  • $50 students (early bird and regular)
  • Walk-ins $205


A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted price of $110 per night (plus 14.45% tax) at the Holiday Inn Express Worcester Downtown (855-914-9635). Please mention you will be attending the NEFDC Conference to get the reduced rate. The cutoff date for the discounted rate is Oct 19th.


Join NEFDC now and save on your conference fees.

Please check to see if your school is a current member before registering. Faculty and staff at institutions with an NEFDC membership for 2017-2018 receive a member's discount for both fall and spring conferences. Become a member for this year