The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s OER Grantees Meeting 2015

March 24th, 2015 - March 27th, 2015

Cavallo Point Lodge, Fort Baker, in Sausalito, CA

Event Information

The OER Grantees meeting begins at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and ends after lunch at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Venue Information

The meeting will take place at the historic Cavallo Point Lodge, Fort Baker, in Sausalito, California (601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965).

Contact Information

For questions about the meeting, please contact or (650) 728 - 3322.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
2:00pmSurfbird FoyerRegistration Opens

Opening Activity

Meet and Greet Storytelling, Collaborative Art Activity 
5:15pm-6:00pmSurfbirdWelcome Reception
6:00pm-8:00pmCallippe  Ballroom

Dinner and Welcome

Barbara Chow, Education Program Director, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Super Seven: Grantee Intros (Group 1)


Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:30am-9:00am Callippe BallroomBreakfast
9:00am-10:00amMission Blue

Keynote: Learning from Disrupters in Other Industries

Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability


Breakout  Rooms:

Surfbird A,     Surfbird B,  Tidewater

[3 groups]


Seeing OER with New Eyes - Using Analogous Settings to Inspire Innovation
12:00pm-1:00pmCallippe  Ballroom

Lunch and Welcome

Honoré Pedigo, Institute at the Golden Gate

Super Seven: Grantee Intros (Group 2)
1:15pm-2:45pmMission Blue

Friendly Debate: OER Business Models

Facilitator: Dana Schmidt, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • David Harris, OpenStax
  • Gary Lopez, MITE
  • Lisa Petrides, ISKME
  • David Wiley, Lumen Learning

Breakout Rooms:

Surfbird A      Surfbird B   Tidewater

[3 groups]

OER Business Models Breakout Session

Share out current business models in practice among participants, including facilitated  discussions with OER Advisors to get advice and feedback on work.
4:30pm-6:00pmCentral Lawn

Group Photo

Optional: Fun Activities on the Field
6:00pm-7:00pmCallippe  Ballroom


Super Seven: Grantee Intros (Group 3)
7:00pm-9:00pm Callippe Patio

Dessert Party

OER Under the Stars


Thursday, March 26, 2015
9:00am-10:00amMission Blue

The Power of Reuse: Wikipedia in Action

Facilitator: Pete Forsyth, Wiki Strategies

  • Amin Azzam, UCSF
  • Dan Cook,Wiki Strategies
  • Jeannette Lee, Cambridge School of Weston
10:00am-10:15amMission BlueSuper Seven: Grantee Intros (Group 4)
10:15am-11:15amMission Blue

Framing an OER Strategy

Facilitator: Nicole Allen, SPARC

Also: Delia Brown, New South Wales DOE; Cable Green, Creative Commons; Alek Tarkowski, CC-Poland; Mary Lou Forward, OCW Consortium


Visit to Muir Woods: Lunch

Options for exploring accessible walking trails, more strenuous hiking, or easy walking among redwood trees.


Mulitple Locations

Check Boards in Callippe Foyer

Unconference Discussion Sessions (suggested topics)

  • Your Choice Here
  • Accessibility
  • K-12 OER Collaborative
  • OER Strategy Session follow-up
  • OER Research: Join a rich discussion on prioritizing questions the field should answer
  • Open Assessments
  • USAID Book Fund: How to leverage OER in this project
  • U.S. Policy
  • Wikipedia Hackathon: Training on how to create and modify entries related to OER
  • Z-Degree: Learn about it
5:00pm-6:00pmFree Time 
6:00pm-7:00pmCallippe  Ballroom


Super Seven: Grantee Intros (Group 5)
7:00pm-8:30pmCallippe  Ballroom

Film Screening: Ivory Tower

How is OER Relevant to the Issues Raised in Film?

Discussant: Cable Green, Creative Commons; Lynn Hirshfield, Participant Media



Silverlight KaraOERke Lounge (Sponsored by SPARC)


Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00am-10:15amMission Blue

OER Field Strategy

Barbara Chow, TJ Bliss, and Dana Schmidt 
10:30am-11:30amMission Blue


Hal Plotkin, Uncensored State of the Union: OER Unplugged
11:45am-12:00pmMission Blue

Closing Remarks

TJ Bliss and Dana Schmidt
12:00pm-1:00pmCallippe  BallroomLunch



Hotel Reservations

The Cavallo Point Lodge is sold out for the meeting. If you would like to be added to the hotel’s waiting list, please email

Other hotels nearby:

Hotel Sausalito (2 miles from Cavallo Point Lodge, $225/night - Sausalito)

Hotel Del Sol   (6 miles from Cavallo Point Lodge, $209/night - Marina District, San Francisco)

Da Vinci Villa    (6.7 miles from Cavallo Point Lodge, $190/night - Marina District, San Francisco)

Cavallo Point Hotel Reservation Info: The Lodge's main number is 415-339-4700. This is the Reservation Booking Link. We encourage you to request an early check in if you would like to try to get into your room before 4:00pm.


Day parking (valet or self-park) is complimentary. If self-parking, the valet will direct you to where to park your car. For a map of the hotel grounds, please visit Cavallo Point Map here.

Overnight parking is $25/night (valet or self-park, cost is the same). For both valet and self-park, please pull up to the valet stand in front of the main building (Building A on the map link below). Upon check-in, the front desk will direct you where to park your car (if self-parking).

Local Airports

San Francisco International Airport (40 - 50 minute drive from Cavallo Point Lodge)

Oakland International Airport  (50 minute drive from Cavallo Point Lodge)

Ground Transportation

For airport transportation suggestions to the hotel, please visit:

If you are scheduling a cab or town car pick-up at the hotel, please note that you will need at least 2 hours notice to ensure pick-up on time. Estimated cost of a cab or town car from hotel to SFO is approximately $75 (one way).  

As noted in information provided in the link above, you can also use the Marin Airporter to arrive and depart from the hotel. The hotel provides transport to and from the bus stop where the Marin Airporter stops. Please consult Cavallo's link above for directions using the Marin Airporter for arrival to the hotel (about $20 each way). To use the Marin Airporter to get back to the airport, you will need to request a shuttle ride from the Cavallo Front Desk to the Center Ave bus stop at least 2 hours before you want to depart the hotel. The Marin Airporter picks up at the Center Ave bus stop twice every hour (10 past the hour, 40 past the hour).

If you need help coordinating transportation back to the airport after the meeting, the Lodge suggests that you stop by the front desk to make reservations the day before your departure. The front desk can help arrange cabs, town cars and shuttle services. To reach the front desk, call 415-339-4700.

We have created an online, user-generated Ride-Share Board here. The OER 2015 registration desk will also have a ride share board displayed to help participants self-organize rides shares amongst themselves.  

For driving directions, please visit: