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OER: Open Educational Resources

OEWeek: March 1-5, 2021

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What Is Open Education Week?

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

Learn more about OEWeek


OER at PCC, Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 1 p.m.

OER at PCC: Coffee Talk

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1pm-2pm | REGISTER
Hosted by PCC Library

Are you using OER in your courses? If so, how is it going? Are you thinking about using OER instead of an expensive textbook but have questions? Not sure how to search for OER? Let's get together and chat about OER at PCC. This is not a presentation! It's an opportunity to talk, ask questions, and hopefully get some answers. Oh, and bring your favorite mug - we want to see it and you on Wednesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Once you register, the confirmation email will include the WebEx link and password.


Join the conversation . . .

Colleges and universities around the globe are celebrating Open Education Week by opening up sessions for anyone to join. This is a great opportunity! Check out the selected list below, or head over to the OEWeek 2021 global schedule to find something that interests you.


CCCOER logoIn addition to the list below, the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) is holding a mix of synchronous and asynchronous events with a different theme for each day. 

Monday, March 1

Open Course Design with Accessibility in Mind (Kennesaw State University)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 12-12:45pm EST | REGISTER

  • Join Jason Rodenbeck, KSU's Assistant Director of Academic Web Accessibility, as he shares his expertise on creating accessible online courses while incorporating Open Educational Resources.

Equity and Open Education Faculty Panel (Open Oregon)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 10-11am PST (1-2pm EST) | REGISTER

  • Hear from Jen Klaudinyi, Portland Community College, about her design of the Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort professional development course, and from faculty participants who have adopted open educational practices with an equity lens.

Open Ed Week Keynote: Open Education as a Tool for Equity & Inclusion (Open Oregon/Portland State University)
Monday, March 1, 2021, 11am-12pm PST (2-3pm EST) | REGISTER
Jasmine Roberts, Ohio State University

  • In this keynote, Jasmine Roberts will focus on how Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices encourage more equitable, inclusive, and diverse classrooms.

OER Basics: Lowering the Cost Barrier (CCCOER)
Monday, March 1, 12pm PST/ 3pm EST | REGISTER
Val Magno, Library Services, Research & LibraryWeb at Fox Valley Technical College Library Resources
Sue Tashjian, CCCOER Co-President,  Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Online Learning, Northern Essex Community College

  • Are you new to open education and open educational resources (OER) and not sure where to start? To start off OE Week 2021, we will be joined by a librarian who will go over what OER is, as well as the basics of attributions and accessibility.

Tuesday, March 2

Developing a Course to Support OER Adopters (Millersville Univ)
Professor Kimberly Auger, Mr. Matthew Fox, and Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel 
Tuesday, March 2, 3pm EST | Click to Attend

  • This session explores an online course designed to support new OER adopters through adoption. We explain where the course fits with our incentivized adoption model, and how it reflects the needs of our faculty community.
  • Check back for recorded sessions from the week.

Regional Leadership of Open Education (RLOE) Phase 2 (CCCOER)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12pm PST / 3pm EST | REGISTER

  • We invite you to come hear and provide feedback on the next phase of the Regional Leaders of Open Education. Learn how you and your colleagues can join with open educators across state and regional boundaries in focusing and scaling your open education strategic plans.

Enhancing Student Engagement Through Scaffolded Non-Disposable Assignments (SUNY Online)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10-10:45am EST | REGISTER
Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany and UAlbany students

  • Students, regardless of level, have knowledge and/or experiences to share with others. Non-disposable assignments, such as contributing to openly available content online, have the ability to excite and engage learners, but often scaffolding is required to help them achieve their goal. This presentation will take a look at student content creation in two courses, one with first-year students and one with seniors, and ways to provide support in what may be a new experience for them. 

Building an Active Learning Environment with OER and Interactive Content (Idaho State University)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 11:30am-12pm MST (1:30-2pm EST) | REGISTER
Lance Roe, ITRC, Idaho State University; Daphne Tseng, ITRC, Idaho State University

  • One of the crucial elements to engage your students is to create an active learning environment with OER and interactive content creation. You can revamp the static reading materials with H5p to create learning by doing activities and accompany your OER textbooks in your classroom. In this session, the presenters will showcase H5P examples and discuss how to implant them to different platforms.

Wednesday, March 3

OER at Pitt Community College: Coffee Talk
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1pm-2pm | REGISTER
Hosted by PCC Library

  • Are you using OER in your courses? If so, how is it going? Are you thinking about using OER instead of an expensive textbook but have questions? Not sure how to search for OER? Let's get together and chat about OER at PCC. This is not a presentation! It's an opportunity to talk, ask questions, and hopefully get some answers. Oh, and bring your favorite mug - we want to see it and you on Wednesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Once you register, the confirmation email will include the WebEx link and password.

How to Engage with the Wider OER Community (Millersville Univ)
Dr. Stephanie Pennucci, Professor Krista Higham, and Professor Dan Stafford 
Wednesday, March 3, 3pm EST | Click to Attend

  • Whether you have an OER committee/support group on campus or not, connecting to a wider network offers many benefits.  It affords opportunities to learn what others are doing in the field, spark new ideas, and bounce around options.  We will present many avenues to get involved and learn including listservs, blogs, conferences, and discussion groups.
  • Check back for recorded sessions from the week.

Join me in the trenches: A interactive workshop to finding or creating an OER textbook (Colorado Dept. of Higher Ed.)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11am-12pm MST (1-2pm EST) | REGISTER

  • Dr. Dan Baker, Teaching Assistant Professor at Colorado State University will introduce you to the Engineering Statics textbook he and nine other collaborators have developed over the past two years. As part of the interactive workshop expect to learn from our team's experiences, research the availability of OER content for the classes you teach, and draft your own plan of action.

SEHRA: Sunshine Electronic Health Record Academic Simulation (SUNY Online)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1-1:45pm EST | REGISTER
Sandra Wright, SUNY Broome Community College

  • Learn how a cross-disciplinary initiative led to the creation and implementation of SEHRA, an EHR (electronic health record) for simulating nursing, health information technology, medical assisting, and data analytics environments using Access 2019, and how SEHRA became an open educational resource. Watch a brief demonstration of how SEHRA can be used in both on-campus and online instruction.

Feature Presentation: "Moving STEM Documents Online: Sustainable Workflows for Accessible Content” (Virginia Tech)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 4-5:30pm EST | REGISTER
Dr. Volker Sorge, University of Birmingham (UK)

  • Dr. Sorge's presentation will include a general introduction to web accessibility and usability issues related to scientific online content, past and future. Focused on the implications of accessibility and requirements for barrier-free access to STEM teaching in a web environment, this talk will discuss relatively low-effort, high impact ways to overcome obstacles to inclusive STEM education online. Demos will include specific tools such as pandoc and TeX4ht which allow for bulk conversion of documents resulting in material that can be directly rendered and made accessible in any browser using MathJax.

Thursday, March 4

OER Use for an Introductory General, Organic, & Biochemistry (GOB) Course (Millersville Univ)
Thursday, March 4, 9am EST |  Click to Attend
Dr. Melissa Mullen-Davis 

  • Dr. Melissa Mullen-Davis will discuss her use of OER in an Introductory General, Organic, and Biochemistry (GOB) Course. The discussion will address challenges faced in adopting OER for this course and adjustments she is exploring for future iterations of the course.
  • Check back for recorded sessions from the week.

Adoption of OER in Introductory Chemistry (Millersville Univ)
Thursday, March 4, 3pm EST | Click to Attend
Dr. Maria Schiza 

  • Dr. Maria Schiza will discuss her adoption of the OpenStax Chemistry textbook as a replacement for a commercial textbook in Introductory Chemistry.
  • Check back for recorded sessions from the week.

Open Pedagogy and Equity (CCCOER)
Thursday, March 4 - Asynchronous Event

  • For this asynchronous event, members of CCCOER’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) subcommittee will share materials, including presentations from recent open education conferences and other EDI resources. Participate in the discussion on OE Global’s discussion board or other social media to share your favorite resources on Open Pedagogy and EDI.
  • Lori-Beth Larsen, English and Reading Faculty, OER Lead at Central Lakes College, and member of CCCOER’s EDI subcommittee has shared a great list of EDI resources on OEG Connect to get the conversation started.

OER in the Writing Classroom (SUNY Online)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11-11:45am EST | REGISTER
Stefanie Schaefer, SUNY Broome Community College

  • Open educational resources can be used effectively in many different classrooms, but how can they be used in writing intensive classes? In this session, we will discuss in what ways OER integration has worked (and has not worked) with college students from article reviews on OER integration in the writing classroom as well as personal experience. Learn about different ways to use OER materials as well as different assignments that have been created from open educational materials.

Open Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Practical Path to Commons-Oriented Learning (University of Northern Colorado)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11am-12:30pm MST (1-2:30pm EST) | REGISTER
Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University

  • Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University, will explore how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be a part of an approach to teaching that focuses on student agency, connected learning, and structural equity. By highlighting how commons-oriented approaches to knowledge-sharing can transform pedagogy, Robin will offer a vision for higher education that maximizes academic freedom while it engenders collaboration, opens access to higher education, and engages learners in exciting and vibrant ways.

Student Panel (Open Oregon)
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12-1pm PST (3-4pm EST) | REGISTER

  • A panel of Oregon community college and university students will share their experiences and advice regarding textbook choices.

Friday, March 5

OER in an Advanced Nursing Course (Millersville Univ)
Friday, March 5, 9am | Click to Attend
Drs. Dawn Lambert and Susan Moyer  

  • Dr. Dawn Lambert & Dr. Susan Moyer will discuss their decision to adopt ZTC (zero textbook cost) for an upper-level discipline-specific course. They will describe how they redesigned a senior-level nursing course using open resources, identify the outcomes that resulted from the redesign, and share lessons learned.
  • Check back for recorded sessions from the week.

Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 11am-12:15pm  EST | REGISTER

  • Would you like to incorporate open educational resources (OER) into your course, but aren't sure where to start? In this workshop, Abbey Elder, Iowa State University and author of the OER Starter Kit, will guide you through the processes of finding, modifying, and creating OER. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of practical tools and strategies for approaching their OER journey, as well as a better understanding of the support available for instructors in Virginia. Sponsored by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia’s Open Virginia Advisory Committee (SCHEV’s OVAC).

Green Means Go: Depositing Your Lesson Plan into an Institutional Repository (Kennesaw State University)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 12-12:45pm EST | REGISTER

  • Co-presenters Elizabeth Thomas and Heather Hankins will provide listeners with steps to creating open lesson plans and sustaining open access by depositing those plans into the DigitalCommons, KSU's institutional repository. 

Using Data-Informed Approaches to Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources (Tennessee Higher Education Commission)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 2-3pm EST | REGISTER 

  • In the face of rising costs, can students afford to participate in the educational process in ways that permit for their full academic success? How do educational materials fit into their already stretched budget? This webinar showcases data from two institutions who are exploring affordability initiatives, including open educational resources (OER). Results of both surveys will be reported and put into context with other initiatives and surveys of TN students in order to suggest strategic ways of addressing textbook affordability and increasing the use of OER. 

Open Ed Week Keynote: Imagining an Open Future (Open Oregon)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30am-1pm PST (2:30-4pm EST) | REGISTER

  • Join thought leader Robin DeRosa (Plymouth State University) to reimagine higher education’s future in terms that are hopeful, collaborative, and truly learner-centered. 

About This Guide

This LibGuide was created by Angela Davis, Instruction and Web Services Librarian, at Pitt Community College Library, Greenville, NC.