Open Education Week Recap

Your librarians love a good excuse for a fun event or three. Open Education Week took place this year from March 27-31, and we embraced the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for the Open Education movement.

What did we learn during our week of festivities? A few things:

  1. There’s room for the movement to grow across campus. We’d like to spread basic awareness of what open educational resources (OER) are: freely available teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license allowing for their reuse and re-purposing by others. In a nutshell, this means that there are plenty of materials free from costs and restrictions out there that faculty can utilize in their courses. Want to learn more? Visit http://guides.library.sc.edu/OER.
  2. Our Textbook Heroes are lifesavers. Faculty members Lana Burgess, Karen Edwards, and Shelley Jones, who have saved their students money by switching to OER, were able to share their stories in an engaging panel moderated by Thomas Cooper Library Circulation Department Head Tucker Taylor. If you missed it, you can still read some of their stories from http://guides.library.sc.edu/OER/textbookheroes.
  3. Our students are still paying way too much for textbooks. When asked how much they spent on textbooks over the past year and what they could have purchased instead, our students had some interesting answers:
    Some of our favorite potential purchases include “600 chapsticks”, “12 chocolate lab puppies”, and “new clothes for a job”.

If you missed our events during Open Education Week, don’t worry. You can always contact Amie Freeman or Tucker Taylor, visit our guide at http://guides.library.sc.edu/OER, or come to a workshop to learn more about Open Educational Resources.

Contributed by Amie Freeman