Summer Institute and Summit

We look forward to welcoming the Open Textbook Network community to the 5th annual Summer Institute and Summit!

These member-only events are opportunities for open education leaders (like you!) to collaboratively develop open education strategies and build a community of practice. We hope you can join us to learn, connect, and have fun with your colleagues who are working across the country to grow open education programs.

July 22-26, 2019
Oak Ridge Conference Center
Chaska, Minnesota

Update: Check out the breakout sessions to be led by the community on Friday July 26th at OTNSI 2019. 

Registration is now closed

Summer Institute and Summit – July 22-26

Monday thru Wednesday is the Summer Institute, for people who are new to the community.  The agenda will focus on facilitating open textbook workshops, sharing strategies for open education programming, and building community. Attendance includes participation in the Summit on Thursday and Friday.
Begins: Monday, July 22 at 6pm (reception)
Ends: Friday, July 26 at 12 noon (at the end of the Summit)
Cost (includes tax): $1,200*
*If you are the first person from your organization to attend, you will be sent a promo code that will reduce this cost to $0. Do not register without using this code.

Cost includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation – Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25
  • Social Reception on Monday
  • Breakfast: Tuesday – Friday
  • Lunch: Tuesday – Thursday
  • Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday
  • OTN Social Events
  • Transportation to MSP Airport from Oak Ridge

Summit – July 25-26

Agenda will focus on problem solving, community building and professional development. We will collaboratively explore network-wide issues and share progress on topics identified last year. These days are for all members.
Begins: Thursday, July 25 at 8am (arrive Wednesday evening)
Ends: Friday, July 26 at 12 noon
Cost (includes tax): $625

Cost includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation – Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25
  • Breakfast: Thursday and Friday
  • Lunch: Thursday
  • Dinner: Thursday
  • OTN Social Events
  • Transportation to MSP Airport from Oak Ridge

If you are local to Minnesota and would like to commute to the Institute or Summit, please contact Sarah Cohen ( directly for more information.

Planning Your Trip


The Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport (MSP) is the closest airport to Oak Ridge. All attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for travel from MSP to Oak Ridge. Some options for transportation to Oak Ridge include:


Oak Ridge provides a locally sourced menu and can accommodate those with dietary restrictions. Included in the cost of attendance are all meals (full breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks). For those arriving Wednesday night for the Summit, dinner is included, and will be served until 9pm.

What to Bring

  • While not required, past attendees have found a laptop or tablet useful during the trainings.
  • Summer in Minnesota can be warm but evenings can be cool. Please bring layers.
  • Oak Ridge includes 130 acres, and there will be many opportunities to get outside. In addition, social events will be held outside in the evenings.


All event cancellations must be communicated directly to Sarah Cohen ( Refunds will only be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of an event. Registration fee of $25/day is non-refundable.