Top three things to learn from Open Education Week 2019

Mar 05, 2019

Open Education Week, March 4-8, 2019, is a worldwide effort to raise awareness about Open Education. A range of subjects are discussed including instruction, affordable course material options and open licensing.

Conversations focus on open educational resources (OER): free educational materials that are released under an open license to promote reuse and redistribution.

At Iowa State University, there are three things to learn from #OEWeek 2019:

1. What is OER, anyway?

A common first question about Open Education is “What are open educational resources?” An OER is any educational material that is free to access and openly licensed. They take a range of forms, from lesson plans to full courses.

On Friday, March 8, Nicole Allen from SPARC will discuss the evolution of OER and the benefits of open vs. closed in the classroom. Before, during and after #OEWeek, Abbey Elder, Open Access Librarian, is available for OER consultations.

Friday, March 8, 1-2 p.m., Guest Speaker: Nicole Allen, SPARC, 405 Parks Library.

2. How to effectively implement OER in the classroom

Instructors who encounter OER for the first time likely have classroom implementation questions. It can be as simple as swapping a commercial textbook for an open one, but in other cases it can be more complex.

Open Education Week events are planned, and Miller OER Mini-Grant recipients from 2018 will discuss creating, adapting, and implementing OER in their classes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2-3:30 p.m., Coffee and Networking: Using OER in the Classroom, 2030 Morrill Hall.

Thursday, March 7, 1-2 p.m., Panel: OER Trailblazers Share their Stories, Memorial Union Gold Room.

3. How to apply for a Miller Open Education Mini-Grant

It takes time and effort to create the perfect open course resource. No great OER available? Want to tweak some things? The Miller OER Mini-Grants can be used to help instructors adopt, adapt or create a new OER for course use.

Learn more about the Miller Open Education Mini-Grants at the Monday Q&A session, or by talking to 2018 grant recipients at the events on Wednesday and Thursday.

4-5 p.m., Monday, March 4, Miller Open Education Mini-Grants Q&A, 2030 Morrill Hall.

Follow the #OEWeek hashtag on Twitter to see how institutions around the world celebrate Open Education Week!

For information, contact Abbey Elder, Open Access Librarian, 150 Parks Library, 515-294-5753.