Tanya Spilovoy

Instructor, Open Education Leadership Program


Tanya Spilovoy, Open Education Leadership Instructor

Tanya Spilovoy, Ed.D. designed and currently leads instruction for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind professional development program to empower librarians as leaders for successful open education initiatives. Tanya designed the program’s curriculum and innovative format that blends online, peer-to-peer and project based learning.

Tanya has a two-decade career in higher education leadership, during which she has led numerous education technology and open education initiatives. Currently, she serves as Director of Open Policy for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), where she leads the National Consortium for Open Educational Resources (NCOER), a collaboration among the four regional compacts (MHECNEBHESREB, and WICHE), all 50 US states and associated territories.  NCOER focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions. Previously, she served as the Director of Distance Education and State Authorization at the North Dakota University System where she also led a statewide OER Initiative. In addition, Dr. Spilovoy has conducted valuable research on statewide OER in ND and CO, and published several reports on the impact of large-scale OER implementation on faculty selection of classroom materials in collaboration with Bayview Analytics. Spilovoy is a strong believer in ungrading and open pedagogy teaching practice and facilitates a collaborative and open learning environment for students online and face to face.

Tanya received her B.A. in English from Union College, a M.A. in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

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