Open Education Week

Did you know that the price of textbooks in higher education increased 88% from 2006 to 2016? Oregon State University is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. Will you join us?

What: Open Education Week

When: March 6-10

Where: Fully online

Who: Higher education faculty, students and thought leaders

Open Education Week is an annual celebration that raises awareness of global efforts to make learning more “open” — that is, more affordable and accessible to students everywhere. Every March, this weeklong, online event gives educators and students an opportunity to learn more about open educational practices and be inspired by the work being developed around the world, including by Oregon State University faculty.

Below is an overview of this year's sessions.

OER 101: Getting started with open educational resources

Monday, March 6, Noon to 1 p.m. PT

Are you interested in exploring OER for your course, but don’t know where to start? Join Abbey Elder, open access & scholarly communication librarian at Iowa State University, for an introduction.

Sponsored by Open Oregon Educational Resources


The impact of high textbook costs on Oregon State students

Wednesday, March 8, 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. PT

Did you know that 61% of OSU students don’t purchase their textbooks because of the cost? Hear about research that the Open Educational Resources Unit conducted last year on the impact of high textbook costs on students. Presented by Stefanie Buck, director of the Open Educational Resources Unit at Oregon State University.

Sponsored by Oregon State University 


Practical tips for incorporating DEI into your course materials

Thursday, March 9, 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. PT

Do you want practical tips for how to make your course resources more diverse, equitable and inclusive? This 45-minute workshop builds off understanding the importance of incorporating DEI into your course materials and takes a deep dive into how to do it.

Together, we’ll explore how to decolonize your syllabus, what a diversity statement is, why you might include one in your syllabus and examples of existing diversity statements. We’ll explore concrete ways to include diverse representation in the materials you’re creating for your classroom and/or in materials you’re adopting with an open license. 

You’ll walk away with a curated list of recommended readings, places to find openly licensed images, and examples of course materials where DEI components have been successfully integrated. Presented by Amanda Larson, affordable learning instructional consultant at The Ohio State University.

Sponsored by Oregon State University


Harnessing the resilience within with Mays Imad

Friday, March 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m. PT

As a nationally recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning, Mays Imad passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student.

In this 90-minute session, she will draw on the neurobiology of learning to examine the intimate relationship between equity, radical hospitality and trauma-informed education. Learn more about this session on the Open Oregon Educational Resources website.

Sponsored by Open Oregon Educational Resources