Open Education Week 2014

It is Open Education Week 2014 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.

About Open Education Week

Open Education Week is a series of events to increase awareness of open education movement. The third annual Open Education Week takes place from March 10-15, both online and offline around the world. Through the events and resources, we hope to reach out to more people to demonstrate what kind of opportunities open education has created and what we have to look forward to.

Click here to access the 2014 Event Schedule.

Click here to access the Online Discussions.

Below are online webinars for Monday, March 10th, 2014.

10 AM (CST) – Possibilities and chances for Open Educational Resources @ Open KnowledgeWorker

Open Educational Resources are a new challenge for educational institutions, but also a great chance for all learners worldwide. However, within the last years, the focus has mainly been on making educational resources accessible worldwide and free of charge. The possibilities of “adaptation by a community of users”, which means that not only renowned academics, but all users may create, edit, share or translate educational material, are often disregarded. The webinar discusses the current upheaval in the creation, copying and distribution of learning materials, and in particular the problems with commercially prepared teaching aids. It gives a short insight into the recent developments of OER and finally presents Open Knowledge Worker as a free platform for the collaborative creation of eLearning content.

11 AM (CST) – Using Open Education Resources in Your Teaching Practice @ Memorial University

This hands-on session will provide instructors with an introduction to OERs, where to find them, how to use them effectively in their courses.

12 PM (CST) – Congressional E-Learning Caucus Briefing: Open Educational Resources @ U.S. Capitol

Please join leading open education experts and college campus leaders to discuss how America’s K-12 and higher education systems can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to reduce the cost of textbooks, improve student outcomes, and fuel the economy with a better educated workforce. Panelists:

· Dr. David Wiley, Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning; Scholar in Residence, University of Utah

· Samantha Zwerling, Student Body President, University of Maryland-College Park

· Dr. Daniel T. DeMarte, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer, Tidewater Community College

· Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

3 PM (CST) – Cross-Institutional Open Education Week Initiative @ Manchester Metropolitan University

The North-West Open Educational Resources Network, UK ( is offering an exciting opportunity to support individuals and groups to be involved in a 5-day open course to find out more about open education during Open Education Week 2014Who said that OER in the form of stand-alone courses or resources are not used or can’t be used? Well, we decided not to reinvent the wheel and will be using a fantastic course we found at p2pu to explore with you all if it is possible to use a ready-made course made available under a creative commons licence for a specific purpose.

Join us, if you are new to open education and would like to learn more about openness in education with colleagues from around the world and share ideas, opportunities and challenges of opening-up your practice and connecting learners beyond institutional walls. Join in and learn as part of the open education community.

Participation in the course is flexible and your journey through it is fully personalised by you! It is up to you how you participate, how much or how little you engage, and with which specific themes but also how you capture your learning. Pick your theme(s) and off you go! Put your own learning menu and path together learn what is important to you. A team of volunteer facilitators experienced in open educational practice will be there to support you on your journey during the week. There will be online discussions on the p2pu site, in the p2pu Open Ed 2014 Facebook community on Twitter (please use hashtag #nwoer), regular Tweetchats (hashtag #nwoerchat) and live stream /hangouts too. Feel free to create additional group spaces if you want to and invite others to join. So much more exciting to learn with others!

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