Open Education Week was celebrated around the world March 11-15. The purpose of the yearly event is to raise awareness of the Open Educational Resources (OERs) movement and the opportunities that OERs create for teaching and learning around the globe.

The OER unit formed by Oregon State’s Division of University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Ecampus recently partnered with the Valley Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship & Services  to make two presentations to the campus community at the Teaching and Learning Symposium. The presentations were sponsored by OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Shan Sutton, the associate university librarian for research and scholarly communication, and I presented on unlocking the potential of open educational resources, a session that explained the importance of OERs (including open textbooks), how to find them and resources for creating your own. Mandy Misner from Ecampus and Sue Kunda of the Valley Library also delivered an interactive presentation on Creative Commons licenses and how they work.

Do you have an idea for a learning module or an open access textbook that you think would be great to share? The OER unit has instructional designers, graphic artists, multimedia programmers and others who can help you turn your idea into a learning module that you can use and can be shared with others. We can also help you work through a Creative Commons license that explains how others are allowed to use the modules.

Give me a call and let’s share!

Dianna Fisher
Oregon State Ecampus
Director, OER and Emerging Technologies