From Bilan Jama (CC USA) | Volume 163 | October 14, 2022
THE OER DIGEST
Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders
#OPENED22: The 2022 Open Education Conference will be held next week as a virtual event on October 17-20, 2022. Organized through a community-driven process, the 2022 Open Education Conference seeks to engage advocates and practitioners who strive to make education more accessible, affordable, and equitable to everyone. Register now or apply for a scholarship. Join the conversation at #OpenEd22.
Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities
REGISTER NOW: Join North Carolina State Libraries for a weekly casual Café via Zoom and enjoy a relaxed, coffee shop-style chat about open educational topics. Next session, “Evaluating the Quality of OER – Do You Really Get What You Pay For?” will be held on October 19th. Click here for more information.
REGISTER NOW: Join the University of British Columbia Library for the Open Scholarship in Practice workshop and webinar series. The next session, “Advancing Open Science in the Government of Canada” will be held on November 1st. Click here for more information.
REGISTER NOW: Kennesaw State University invites you to celebrate Open Access Week! Our virtual events will take place October 24-28, beginning at 12 pm ET each day. Click here for the full schedule and registration details.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted
FROM TEXAS: Texas Tech University Libraries and the Raider Depot Campus Store by Follett are partnering in the OER Adoption Initiative, which is intended to increase OER adoption efforts in core classes at Texas Tech. “We are so excited to partner with Follett on this important initiative,” said Sabrina Davis, OER librarian at Texas Tech. “The hope is that this incentive will encourage faculty to support equity in education and advocate for student success by using OER.”
In this unique partnership, Follett will provide $10,000 annually for the duration of its contract with Texas Tech to support this project. The initiative is funded by Follett and will award select faculty a $750 stipend for adopting existing OER in a course. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Read More >>
FROM VIRGINIA: In Fall 2021, in cooperation with their member institutions, VIVA, Virginia’s academic library consortium, conducted the Virginia Course Materials Survey. The survey built on the work of previous states and regions and included a special emphasis on educational equity. More than 5,600 valid student responses from 41 institutions were received, reflecting an overall response rate of 10%. The overarching research questions were: What is the impact of course material costs on educational equity among Virginia students? What course content materials do students find to be most beneficial to their learning? Executive Summary and Results and Findings documents for the Virginia Course Materials Survey are now available. Read More >>
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Each edition, we highlight an interesting, new, openly-licensed resource
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has released, People Learning and Development by Monica Affleck. Are you interested in the topic of people learning and development or are tasked to implement learning and training opportunities in your workplace? Use this resource full of information and tools to help support people and organizations in their learning journey.
Great reads to repost or share and interesting discussions to consider
Great to Share >>
Mini-grant program helps faculty build Open Educational Resources | Iowa State Daily
Interesting to Consider >>
Guest Essay: Textbooks should be free | Washington Square News
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