This week we explore open education which includes topics of open educational resources (OER), open educational practices (OEP), open admission, and open access. Often, viewpoints you will encounter regarding open education lean toward the “knowledge wants to be free” school of thought, but what about issues of quality, and intellectual property? Are there times when sharing is not in the best interest of learners? We look forward to hearing what you think.


Read + Discuss

Definition of Open Content

Open Education and the Future (video)

Openness and Praxis: Exploring the Use of Open Educational Practices in Higher Education

Check out and participate in the discussion on our #readinggroup channel in Slack. What questions do these pieces raise for you? (Where) Do you agree and disagree? What’s missing from the debate?

Join the discussion anytime. If you’re interested in a faster-paced conversation, log-in on Friday at 12pm. We’ll chat live until 1!


Build Something:

Find an Open Education Resource to use in your course and explain how and where you’ll use it. See this Teaching Tip for some options.

What is the relationship between your class and community contexts? Develop an assignment that asks students to bring the outside world into your course. And/or, within the assignment, create an OER as a class to share back into those communities.

Post your build in an appropriate section of your WordPress or Blackboard course, then share out a link in Slack. Check back in on Slack to read what your colleagues have created and give feedback.


iTeach+: Open Educational Resources

Tuesday, April 10, 12-1pm, link to videocall

Join Jennifer Moss in looking at our new Open Educational Resources site. Learn more about how to provide free, academically reliable resources to your students.

See our faculty development calendar for more iTeach+ options this week.

Open Lab

Tuesday, 2-4pm
Wednesday, 1-3 pm (virtual)
Friday, 10am-12pm