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Low-Cost, No-Cost, and Open Educational Resources (OER)

What is OE Global Open Education Week?

Open Education Week (OE Week) is an annual celebration and opportunity for those working in Open Education to actively share their achievements and learn about what others are achieving worldwide.

Open Education Week was launched in 2012 by Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum. Every year OE Week raises awareness and highlights innovative open education successes worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators, and students with an opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

Over 13 years the open education community in 79 countries has hosted 2,064 events and shared 843 Open Education assets in 38 languages. The activity has included 85,535 engaged participants from 192 countries.

Go to the OE Global Open Education Week Activity Finder to find events that might be of interest. You can filter events by category, day, country, or language.

Additionally, consider looking at the assets uploaded for OE Week to find new OER resources debuting at this event. 

OE Global Open Education Week 2024 is March 4-8. Please consider using this opportunity to learn more about OER or include Open Education Week programming in your classes!

WT Events

For OE Week 2024, we have three different events occurring here at WT: 

Article Publishing Charges: Pay to Publish or 18% More Citations?

Tuesday, March 5, 12:30-1:30 pm, JBK White 38

With an increasing number of journals adopting hybrid open access models, authors are frequently asked to pay Article Publishing Charges or Open Access fees. But what exactly are these fees, and how do they impact citation rates? Explore the intricacies of these charges and their potential benefits in citation acquisition. Furthermore, discover the library's role in supporting authors with article processing charges. Find answers to these questions and more in our informative presentation.

Registration is requested. Zoom options available upon request.

Faculty and Student Research Poster Session and Research Fair

Thursday, March 7, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Cornette Library Gallery. Speakers will start at 11:00 am.

The poster session and research fair provides a forum for WTAMU faculty members and students to present their current research in an informal and interactive setting. Stop by and view some of the amazing research taking place at WTAMU.

This year's speakers will be presenting on the WTAMU Institutional Repository. The WT Repository promotes the principles of open access by providing opportunities for faculty self-archiving; ensuring the long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets; providing access to unpublished research for faculty, staff, and students.

Speakers include:

  • Patrick Diepen, Cornette Library Archivist
  • Dr. Alex Hunt, Director, Center for the Study of the American West
  • Dr. Dave Rausch, Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science
  • Mary Rausch, Head of Cataloging and Periodicals, Cornette Library

March OER Working Group Meeting

Friday, March 8, 9:00 -10:00 am, Zoom

The Open Education Resources (OER) Working Group is dedicated to assisting interested faculty members in exploring all aspects of low-cost/no-cost resources in an effort to significantly reduce course material costs to students while preserving academic standards and meeting requirements for accessibility.

The OER working group is a place for faculty, students, and staff to discuss OER strategies, tools, and struggles, to network with other faculty and staff with OER experience, and to provide feedback to the university about OER efforts.

Join us as we announce our inaugural Affordable Learning Champion at this meeting!

Registration is requested.

Pressbooks Events

The Pressbooks Open Publishing Platform is providing the following special events for the week:

How to Find and Remix Great OER with Pressbooks Directory

Wednesday March 6, 12:30pm ET

Join us for a walkthrough of Pressbooks Directory—a free, searchable catalog that provides access to over 6,300 books from 170+ publishers that have been created with Pressbooks.

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Cost Savings and Beyond: Demonstrating Impact and Effectiveness with Open Education

Thursday March 7, 3pm ET

Join a panel of open education experts including Dr. Michael Mills, Amy Hofer, Cheryl (Cullier) Casey and Allia Service as they explore critical questions around how to demonstrate the impact of open education.

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THECB Events

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is providing the following special events for the week:

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST 
Register for: A Pivotal Moment for OER: Using Research to Inform Strategic Direction

Learn about THECB-commissioned statewide OER research that provides the foundation for strategic resource development, program, and service delivery for the state.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST 
Register for: Collaboration is Key: Building the OER Nursing Essentials (ONE) Project

Explore the OER Nursing Essentials Project, which will culminate in eight free and open nursing textbooks, based on the AACN Essentials curriculum, designed and developed in collaboration with stakeholders at Texas institutions and nursing educators from across the country.

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST 
Register for: Leveraging Grant Funding: Faculty Experiences in Developing & Implementing OER

Listen to testimonials from the Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program grantees in a panel discussion about their experiences developing and implementing OER to support student success.

Other Texas Events

Texas Digital Libraries has put together a list of events taking place at universities in Texas. These include: 

 University of Texas San Antonio: 

OER and Student Success: A Conversation with UTSA Faculty and Students

In this UTSA Libraries & UTSA Academic Innovation sponsored panel, hear perspectives on open educational resources (OER) from a variety of UTSA stakeholders. UTSA Student Government will share the stresses of textbooks and why OER are a great fit for UTSA students. UTSA faculty will share how they are creating OER for their courses: including motivations for designing and tailoring OER for improved student engagement. You’ll also learn about recent OER work across UT System, as well as platforms and support available to all UTSA faculty adopting or creating OER.

Texas State:

Open Education Week: Finding Openly Licensed Media & Educational Resources for Research, Teaching, & Publication

Come learn how to find and use open access images, video and other open access content, as well as open educational resources including lesson plans and textbooks. Learn how to properly give credit or attribution to copyrighted or open access content and how to give your own creations/designs a creative Commons license. Presentation tips and tech tools that can make your presentations and publications more professional and interesting will be also be covered. Image copyright topics will briefly covered as well.

University of Texas: 

Perspectives on OER: Virtual Discussion Panel


The University of Texas at Austin’s OER Working Group invites you to celebrate Open Education Week (March 4-8) by joining a panel of UT Austin faculty for a virtual discussion on open education practices on Friday, March 8th, at 1pm CST.

Join us for a special Open Education Week discussion on applying open education practices in your teaching. Our panelists will discuss their experiences finding, adopting, and even creating open educational resources (OER) and other no-cost course materials. In addition to this faculty perspective, our panel will also include a student voice. Our student panelist is currently collaborating on an original OER project, and brings valuable and unique insight into how open pedagogy can transform student learning experiences.

This event is free and open to university faculty, graduate students, and staff. However, registration is required. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a link to join via Zoom, along with a calendar invitation to download.

Please share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. and contact with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. We look forward to seeing you on March 8th.