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Open Education Coffee Conversation, March 4-8

What is a “Coffee Conversation?”

A Coffee Conversation, inspired by the Australian National University, is a series of blog posts and discussions for instructors to engage and learn about topics at their desks, perhaps while sipping on a cup of coffee. These posts have discussion prompts to encourage conversation with colleagues, but it is self-paced and can be completed at any time. Discussion facilitators will be available to help get conversations started and answer any questions.

Course Dates

This Coffee Conversation is released during Open Education Week (March 4-8, 2019) and will have related topics posted each day aroun 9 a.m. Each day will take less than 20 minutes to complete, similar to spreading out a 1-2 hour training session over 5 days. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to the discussion, as these conversations are open to all!


Each module will be available around 9 a.m. on the day listed below. 



Morgan is currently a graduate student working on the Open Educational Resources Initiative at UMKC. Morgan will receive her Master’s degree in Chemistry in Spring 2019 and has been accepted into an Master of Arts in Teaching STEM/ESOL program at Pacific University, starting in June 2019, to become a high school chemistry teacher. Her favorite things to do outside of promoting student success are walking her dog, reading, and hiking. Morgan’s choice of drink for this coffee course is: latte


Madi is also a graduate student working on the Open Educational Resources Initiative at UMKC. She is planning on graduating in May 2020 with her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs. Outside of student development, Madi likes to quilt, go for walks, and eat dessert. Madi’s choice of drink for this coffee course is: darjeeling tea.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at UMKC and beyond to join us for this course.


Please feel free to contact Morgan or Madi with any questions.

Posted: March 01, 2019