The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Annual OER Meeting 2016

February 16th, 2016 - February 19th, 2016

Event Information

Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Annual OER Meeting 2016, will take place on a steamboat that will wind its way along the Mississippi River, departing from and returning to New Orleans, Louisiana.

The boat, American Queen, will make its way from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, round-trip. All passengers must be on board by 4:00pm on Tuesday, Feb. 16th, and we will disembark at 11:00am, on Friday, Feb. 19th. Please plan your travel to and from New Orleans accordingly, in order to not miss the boat and/or your return flight.


Contact Information

For questions about the meeting, please contact Leah at leah at iskme dot org


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

Landing: Hilton Riverside Hotel

2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


All aboard the American Queen

New Orleans, Louisiana

Landing: Hilton Riverside Hotel

2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Departure Cut-off Time

Must be on board by 4pm
4:30pm-5:00pmAmerican Queen, On DeckSafety Drill
5:00pm-6:00pmMain Deck Lounge

Welcome & Opening Activity

Meet and Greet Storytelling: Fly Your OER Flag

6:00pm-6:30pmMain Deck Lounge

Opening Reception

6:30pm-7:30pmJ.M. White Dining RoomDinner
7:30pm-8:30pmThe Grand Saloon

Hewlett Welcome

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


Our OER Journey Overview


Super Seven

Grantee Intros (Group 1)
8:30pm-9:30pmThe Grand SaloonScavenger Hunt: Explore the American Queen
9:00pm-11:00pmEngine Room Bar(Open)


Wednesday, February 17, 2016


J.M. White Dining RoomBreakfast
9:00am-10:00amThe Grand Saloon

Louisiana OER in Action

Rebecca Kockler, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education

Whitney Whealdon, Director of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education

10:15am- 12:30pmThe Grand Saloon

OER Storytelling

12:30pm-1:30pmJ.M. White Dining RoomLunch
1:30pm-1:45pmThe Grand Saloon

Super Seven:

Grantee Intros (Group 2)
1:45pm- 3:45pm

The Grand Saloon Breakout Rooms:


1- Theater

2- Mark Twain Gallery

3- Ladies' Parlor

4- Gentlemen's Card Room

OER Working Groups


  1. Higher Education

  2. Open Policy/Advocacy

  3. Technical Infrastructure

  4. K-12

OER Design Lab (optional)

Design and Create Riverboat OER with the following:

  1. Captain, Brent Willits

    1. Riverlorian, Jerry Hay

    2. Chief Engineer, John O'Brien

    3. Executive Chef, Paul Wayland-Smith
    4:00pm-6:00pmAmerican QueenFree Time
    6:00pm-7:00pmJ.M. White Dining RoomDinner


    The Grand Saloon

    Super Seven:

    Grantee Intros (Group 3)
    7:30-8:00pmThe Grand SaloonUnconference Idea Pitch
    8:00pm-9:00pmMain Deck LoungeDessert Party
    9:00pm-11:00pmEngine Room BarKaraOERke


    Thursday, February 18, 2016


    Jennryn Metzler, U.S. Department of State

    7:00am-9:00amJ.M. White Dining RoomBreakfast
    9:00am-9:15amThe Grand Saloon

    Super Seven:

    Grantee Intros (Group 4)
    9:15am-10:15pmThe Grand Saloon


    John White, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education
    10:30am-12:30pmSee Registration Desk for Sign UpUnconference Sessions
    12:30pm-1:30pmJ.M. White Dining RoomLunch
    1:00pm-5:00pmBaton Rouge Excursions

    Excursion Options

    1. Hop On-Hop Off Baton Rouge

    2. Swamp Tour, guided tour of New Orleans swamp wildlife

    5:00pmAmerican QueenReturn to boat
    5:00pm-6:00pmAmerican Queen

    OER Design Teams


    Free Time
    6:00pm-7:00pmJ.M. White Dining RoomDinner
    7:00pm-8:30pmThe Grand Saloon

    Super Seven:

    Grantee Intros (Group 5)



    OER Design Lab Share Out / Presentation

    Unconference Share-Out


    Disembark Instructions for Friday Morning
    9:00pm-11:00pmThe Grand SaloonOpen OER Jam Session


    Friday, February 19, 2016
    7:00am-9:00amJ.M. White Dining RoomBreakfast
    8:00amCheck-OutMust Check Out of Room by 8:00am
    9:00am-10:30amThe Grand Saloon

    Perspectives on OER and Philanthropy

    Barbara Chow, TJ Bliss,and Dana Schmidt

    Facilitator: Lisa Petrides, ISKME
    11:00am Disembark


    FAQ's From American Queen

    What items do I need to bring to Check-In?

    Enclosed Travel Documents, a valid, government-issued photo ID, and a credit card for on-board incidental charges

    Due to regulations set forth by the Department of Homeland Security, no one will be permitted to embark the vessel without a valid government-issued ID. Once your documents and ID have been verified, you will be issued an American Queen Boarding Card. You must present this card to the American Queen security officer each time you embark and disembark the vessel.

    How do I get from the Airport to the Pre-Voyage Hotel?

    Airport Shuttle New Orleans, $20.00 per person one way and $38.00 per person round trip.

    Airport Shuttle New Orleans, 4220 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125,  (504) 522-3500

    This is a shared ride van service, picks up at the New Orleans International Airport and will take you to the The Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This shuttle is more convenient and economical than a taxi. No reservation is required. The shuttle picks up at the airport at the top of every hour.

    On the return, a reservation is required at least three hours in advance for a transfer from the hotel to the airport.

    Where do I park if I am driving to the dock?

    Fulton Place Parking Garage

    901 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Phone: (504) 269-7296

    Discounted parking rates of $8.00 per day for rooftop parking and $10.00 per day for covered parking are offered to American Queen guests. Parking reservations can be made in advance by visiting In order to secure these discounted rates, search by date and select “port” as the booking type. American Queen Steamboat Company and its affiliates are not responsible for the theft or damage to vehicles nor are they responsible for the operation or condition of the parking facility in general. This offer may be discontinued at any time and is capacity controlled. Please present your American Queen booking confirmation to the parking attendant upon arrival. The parking facility does not provide a shuttle.

    What are the luggage requirements?

    Luggage is limited to no more than two pieces per person, not to exceed fifty pounds each. Before you arrive at American Queen Voyage Check-In, please attach the enclosed luggage tags to all luggage you wish to have transferred to the boat. Luggage collected from you at American Queen Voyage Check-In will be waiting for you inside your cabin onboard the American Queen. Please remember to keep your carry on bags with you at all times.

    When and where will boat check-in be held?

    American Queen Voyage Check-In will be held inside The Hilton New Orleans Riverside in the Breezeway. Guests who are joining us on the Pre-Voyage Excursion may take advantage of advanced check-in at 8:30 AM. Guests using Pre-Voyage Check-In at the hotel are responsible for their own transportation to The Hilton.

    If I am not going on the pre-cruise, can I check in on the boat?

    Yes. Onboard check-in will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16th  from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The American Queen will be docked behind The Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

    How do I get from the front desk of The Hilton to the American Queen?

    Once inside The Hilton, go up the small escalator to the right of the front desk. Walk across the skywalk and enter the Riverside Complex. Walk past The Marketplace Gift Shop. You will see exit doors. Exit through the doors. Straight ahead you will see stairs and an elevator to the left of the stairs. Mobility Challenged Guests may wish to use the elevator while others may use the stairs. You will be on the river at this point. The American Queen is on the river about 600 feet ahead.

    Will there be special assistance at boarding?

    Yes. If you require assistance (wheelchair, etc) for boarding, please let our check-in crew know so we can make arrangements for you.

    Do I have to participate in the Safety Drill?

    Yes. All guests on-board will participate in this important but brief safety drill. Please note that no guests will be permitted to board the vessel after 4:00pm on Tuesday Feb. 16th.

    Essential Travel Guide PDF Attached

    The following parts of this American Queen Travel Guide PDF attached below are NOT relevant to our trip:

    1) Meal Times (Please see our agenda for meal times)

    2) Shore excursions (We will have our own planned shore excursions--see agenda)

    3) Entertainment and activities aboard (We have our own OER-ized entertainment and activity--see agenda)








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