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Open Education Week

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

Celebrate with us by attending one of the events below.


March 2, 2020

Open Education Week in the Library

Stop by the library to learn more about open education and take a survey to be entered into a drawing for a set of bluetooth headphones.

Live Streaming Webinars in the Library

March 3, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Beyond OER: How can College Instructors Benefit from Open Educational Practices? (UofSC webinar)

Register from or join from (Meeting ID: 194 432 169).

Live stream will take place in the Airport and Beltline Library instruction rooms.

Presented by Hengtao Tang, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology

In this free webinar, join Hengtao Tang, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of South Carolina Columbia, as he explores ways in which instructors can move beyond the adoption of open educational resources (OER) towards open educational practices (OEP). Dr. Tang will provide a basic introduction of the concepts, discuss the benefits of using OER and OEP, and provide examples of ways in which instructors can incorporate open education into the classroom.

March 5, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Save Students Money and Boost Student Success with Open Educational Resources (webinar)

​Register from or join from (Meeting ID: 323 732 546).

Live stream will take place in the Airport and Beltline Library instruction rooms.

Presented by Amie Freeman, University Libraries, Scholarly Communication Librarian

In this free webinar, learn how OER can save your students money and boost student success! Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching tools that can be customized by faculty and freely accessed by students. This webinar will provide an overview of OER and other affordable course materials. Participants will learn to locate and evaluate OER and to interpret re-use permissions. In addition, attendees will discover techniques and resources for modifying and creating open course content.

Other Webinars

March 3, 2020, 12:00PST/3:00PM EST

Beginning to Open Up: Ideas for Colleges Early in their OER Journey (Community College Consortium for OER)

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When starting out using OER at your college/institution, it can seem like everyone else is much further along with us OER, and there aren’t any resources for those just starting out. Join us to hear from a panel of educators from smaller colleges and colleges that are new to OER as they discuss how they got started, recent accomplishments, things they would do over, what they wish they knew when starting out, and future plans.


  • Looking for resources
  • Licensing: What can I use? What are the licensing options?
  • Platforms for creating and publishing
  • Printing
  • Zero Cost vs. Low Cost

March 4, 2020, 12:00PST/3:00PM EST

Regional Leadership in Open Education (RLOE) (Community College Consortium for OER)

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Launched in fall 2019, the Regional Leadership for Open Education (RLOE) initiative was inspired by CCCOER members’ growing need to collaborate across institutional and state boundaries to find solutions for issues impacting OER adoption at diverse, multi-institution systems. Many open education leaders face similar issues of advocacy and implementation beyond their home institution and wish for the opportunity to craft common solutions and eliminate duplication of efforts. Leaders from colleges, universities, library consortia, and government agencies were invited to participate in four workgroups to discuss and build solutions. Each workgroup has developed a focus project for pursuing in 2020 and will share early efforts and invite community feedback

  • Policy & Strategy: focusing on a bibliography of open education policies and building a video repository of statewide OER policy clips.
  • Stewardship:  focusing on emerging frameworks for stewardship of open education resources and student privacy and data.
  • Professionalism: focusing on building a matrix of emerging “open education” roles and their associated competencies to better identify training needs.
  • Sustainability: focusing on building a virtual file cabinet of higher education infrastructure documents/templates integrating open education.

March 5, 2020, 12:00PST/3:00PM EST

Students and OER Advocacy (Community College Consortium for OER)

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Open Education Resources (OER) remove cost barriers and provide a better learning experience for students who are unable to afford the required commercial textbooks. Student OER advocates directly understand these benefits and can effectively articulate them to their peers as well as to faculty, administrators, and policymakers.  

Come and meet two Student OER Advocates who have led the development of an OER Student Toolkit for using at California higher education institutions to share guidelines and best practices for OER advocacy and development. We’ll also hear from the Director of Affordable Textbooks at US Pirgs on concrete next steps for students to take action on their own campuses.

Why Open Education Matters

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use.  Most licenses allow resources to be shared, remixed or customized for your class.  Open educational resources include textbooks, full courses, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other resources used to support access to knowledge.  If you would like help finding OERs for your class please contact the Emerging Technology Librarian.

The General OER Collections and OERs by Subject pages have links to resources where you can find OER materials for your classes.

Where to find OER

Where to Find OER (Open Educational Resources)
MTC LIbrary: MTC Librarians can help you find open and affordable resources for your classes.
PASCAL: Partnership of 55 college & university libraries across the state of South Carolina providing resources  to students, faculty & staff.
OpenStax: Collection of high quality, peer reviewed open textbooks for  a variety of disciplines.
Open Textbook Library:A library of 700+ open  textbooks reviewed by  faculty from across the US.
OER Commons: Collection of high quality, peer reviewed open textbooks for  a variety of disciplines.

Textbook Affordability Survey

College students consider buying textbooks a major financial stressor.


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