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Recap: Open Education Week

OE Week 2021 logo

by Sophia Brewer

If you are thinking about Open Educational Resources (OER) and missed International Open Education Week (OE Week) – during Spring Break – we’ve got you covered. OE Week is when colleges and universities worldwide celebrate Open Educational Resources by actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education.   

GRCC is a proven leader in the adoption and integration of OER. With GRCC’s latest data showing 5,062 students benefiting and 199 sessions using OER, we reduced student cost by $628,700 in Fall 2020. Yes, we are excited about what we have been able to save students, but we can do so much more if other faculty adopt OER. 

infographic showing the students served and cost savings due to OER during Fall 2020

Check out the Center for Teaching Excellence list of GRCC courses using OER, and contact Lauren Woolsey (laurenwoolsey @ grcc.edu)who is leading GRCC’s OER Initiative if you have questions. Our OER Subject Guide can help – and your liaison librarian will help you search for quality OER if you are interested. Whether you are curious to learn more about OER, or want to know what other colleges and universities are doing, check out the recorded sessions from this year’s OE Week:

For a complete list of sessions during OE Week, visit https://www.openeducationweek.org/schedule.

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OER Sessions for Faculty

Free the Textbook from Wikimedia Commons

Faculty interested in learning more about open educational resources (OER), are invited to attend an Overview of OER.  Led by DLIT’s Bill Knapp & Megan Stewart, and librarian Sophia Brewer,  you will be introduced to helpful resources including OpenStax, Minnesota OER Commons, Khan Academy, and more.

  • Wednesday February 6, 10-11
  • Thursday February 7, 2-3

The sessions will be held in 123 LRC LIB – enter that room through the Library Lobby.  Register for either the Feb. 6 or Feb. 7 session on the Center for Teaching Excellence website.

See the OER Subject Guide for more information.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Sessions Offered


Is the thought of OER overwhelming…

Come get a brief overview of OER from a librarian’s perspective.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

What  is Creative Commons and what does copyright have to do with it.

What are the best sources for OER?

Also, learn how librarians can help.

Librarian Sophia Brewer will share what she has learned about Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they are being used on college campuses.

Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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“The Met” Art Goes Open Access!

Metropolitan Museum of Art logoToday, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art  made history my implementing an Open Access policy. The Met has made “images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of their website. Also available is data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions.”  Met content will also soon be available within ArtStor, one of GRCC’s licensed databases, where it will provide students and faculty even more robust search results.

For additional image resources, see the [Image] tab on the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide.  For more on Creative Commons, view this archived webinar, The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved – An Introduction to Creative Commons Licensing, from the Michigan Community Colleges Association.

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