Stony Brook University Libraries’ “Open Access Symposium 2016” Recap

This past Tuesday I spoke at the Open Access Symposium 2016 at Stony Brook University. It was an honor to represent Flocabulary at my alma mater and chat about education technologies.

I participated on a panel, moderated by my wonderful librarian friend Laura Costello (whom I met during her time at Columbia, but is now at Stony Brook), with two brilliant folks in the education space: Brian Sweeting of Columbia University’s Teachers College EdLab (where I have spoken a handful of times over the years), and Claudia McGiveny of Stony Brook University Libraries.

We shared stories and sparked discussions surrounding education technology, libraries, open access and the K-12 space. I can’t thank Laura and Stony Brook enough for having me, and to the attendees of the event for contributing to a great discussion.

Here’s a lil’ slide deck I put together for the event, showcasing some of the great work my teacher friends and colleagues, many whom I met through Twitter, have been doing with OERs and ed tech.

I was also fortunate enough to spend some time with a handful of professors who defined my time at Stony Brook University. Dr. Stephen Patnode, a former adjunct at SBU and currently at SUNY Farmingdale, was at the center of my freshman year, leading the now-defunct Learning Communities Program at Stony Brook. It was an instrumental program that I am so grateful to have been a part of, as it made an intimidatingly large public school feel like a significantly smaller one, in thanks to SBU’s careful scheduling and Steve’s efforts in tying our class’ myriad coursework together.

Before I caught my train home, I was also able to catch up with my dear journalism professors, Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag. While I only minored in journalism at Stony Brook, these two played a defining role in my senior year. As an English major who started at SBU a couple years too early to complete the newly minted journalism program in four years, I felt a bit out of place in their narrative and magazine journalism classes. Harvey and Irene saw the potential in me, though, to become a great writer. I still owe them a book. If and when I ever publish one, it will be dedicated to them.

I can only hope everyone has as fond memories at their university as I do.

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