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LibreFest 2022 at Indian River State College

The Open Educational Resources Professional Learning Community (OER PLC) invites staff, faculty, and administrators to take part in our first ever LibreFest from November 15-17, with our visiting presenters.


We are pleased to welcome two guest speakers to IRSC all the way from Prince George's Community College in Maryland! We are bringing in the expertise of  Deborah Bowles and Michael Smith. 


Deborah Bowles is the Interim Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Prince George’s Community College.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Communications and an M.S. in Secondary Education.  Prior to coming to the college, Deborah worked as a Senior Consultant for an educational firm for 17 years, and before that, she taught high school social studies.  In the Fall of 2021, Deborah joined the Education Department at the college part-time where she teaches Prince George’s County conditional teachers.  Overall, Deborah has been in education for over 25 years, and she is excited to share her knowledge and experience with you.

Michael Smith is a consultant and academic with over 20 years of education and experience working with community technology centers, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. He served as the co-chair of the OER steering committee at Prince George's Community College where he helped to create the college-wide OER implementation.

Michael is the Interim Associate Vice President Partnerships & Economic Development at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland.  Prior to this position, Michael was the Department Chairman and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and also held the position of adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and The Graduate School. Michael has recently established the Center for Technology Access and Training a nonprofit which focuses on addressing digital divide issues in developing communities.