In 2021, The California Alliance for Open Education (CAopenEd) launched the first California Open Education Research Consortium (COERC) by engaging campus leaders from across the entire higher education system: University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges.

CAopenEd’s inaugural cohort of Research Fellows are currently collaborating to develop empirically-informed best practices on open pedagogy, university policies/procedures, and statewide legislative decisions.

CAopenEd Research Fellows

Dino Bozonelos
Dino Bozonelos, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Victor Valley College

Dino Bozonelos, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at Victor Valley College. He is coauthor of the open-source textbook Introduction to Political Science Research Methods, and recently received funding as the lead author for a second open-source textbook entitled Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics.

Katherine Holvoet
Katherine Holvoet, PhD
Associate Librarian
San Diego State University

Katherine Holvoet is the Electronic Resources Librarian at San Diego State University where she ensures ongoing access to electronic library resources. Holvoet Co-Chairs the SDSU campus committee for Affordable Learning Solutions, which is part of a CSU-wide initiative to encourage faculty use of OER.

Trudi Radtke
Trudi Radtke, PhD
Education Technology Specialist
Imperial Valley College

Trudi Radtke is an online education professional, OER consultant, and Open advocate. As an Open and OER consultant, they have assisted in the creation of over 120 open access textbooks and several Z-Degree pathways. Radtke is passionate about Open and have advocated for OER at the state, regional, and international levels.

Shelli Wynants
Shelli Wynants, PhD
Chair of Online Education/Training
California State University Fullerton

Shelli Wynants, Ph.D. is Director of Online Education and Training for California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where she leads the campus' Open Education Resources Initiative This link will take you to an external website in a new tab. as part of CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$). In her role as a faculty member in CSUF's Child and Adolescent Studies department, Wynants has redesigned her courses using OER to reduce non-tuition costs and increase equitable access for her students.

Check back in the coming months to learning more about the results of our Fellows’ efforts, as well as future projects from CAopenEd:

  • Z-Major Certifications
  • CAopenEd Awards
  • Digital Badges
  • Original Whitepapers
  • And more!