Open Ed Week 2021

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Next week (March 1st-March 6th) is Open Ed Week, an annual celebration of all things related to the Open Education movement. Colorado and the CU Anschutz campus are very engaged with many aspects of open education, including funding the creation and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). 

There are many ways for you to participate in Open Ed Week 2021, all of which are virtual.  

  • On Monday, March 1st at 11:30, you can listen to Liliana Diaz, a policy analyst from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, as she shares updates on OER in the western region. Register here
  • On Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:30, you can join the Red Rocks Community College OER Committee as they share their progress with promoting OER. Register here. 
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:00, you can learn the ins and outs of finding OER materials with Dr. Dan Baker from CSU. Register here.  
  • On Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:00, you can hear from the CU OER Committee about the work that is ongoing on all four CU campuses regarding the adoption and creation of OER. Register here. 
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 11:00, Dr. Robin DeRosa from the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University will discuss the social justice aspects of open education and open pedagogy. Register here.  
  • On Thursday, March 4th at 12:00, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a workshop covering the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and how to find them for your class. Register here.
  • On Friday, March 5th at 12:30, Open Education advocates from across the state of Colorado will convene to discuss current opportunities for collaboration as well as hopes for the future. Register here.

If you can’t make it to any of these events but would still like to engage with and celebrate Open Ed Week, visit the Colorado Open Ed Week page to watch recordings of last year’s speakers and stay up to date with the library’s social media as well will be sharing additional fun activities.  

Happy Open Ed Week! 

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Celebrate Open Access Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

As Open Access Week comes to an end, consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Making your works available via Mountain Scholar provides the following benefits:

  • Networking: Open the channels of communication in your field.
  • Visibility: Get online access to your own work and publications and that of your colleagues anytime, anywhere.
  • Open Access: Get unrestricted access to scientific and scholarly research in the repository.
  • Stability: Maintain your scholarly record with persistent URLs.
  • Impact: Descriptive information about your deposited work will be indexed by Google and other search engines. Research suggests that open access to online articles may increase citation impact by 50-250%

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can deposit your work submitted and made openly available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Poster and/or slide presentation
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

If you have questions that were not answered above, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu), Electronic Resources Librarian.

OER in the Time of COVID-19

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As colleges prepare for an uncertain fall semester, faculty are learning new skills and discovering new technologies for online and hybrid teaching. Open Educational Resources, OER, are a tool that faculty should consider adopting for a variety of reasons. Below are some highlights: 

1) OER are free for students. As the economy struggles in the wake of the COVID pandemic, many students are facing additional financial burdens. Providing students with free textbooks is a positive step that faculty and colleges can take to make the fall semester more affordable.  

2) Many, if not most, OER are available online. In March of this year, many students were given a short time period to vacate their dorm and move home while others were already on spring break and were unable to return to collect their belongings. In both of these situations, many students found themselves separating from their textbooks. Providing a free, online version of a textbook means that students will have access regardless of where they physically are in the country.  

3) OER are openly licensed so that faculty can tailor them to their course. If a faculty member cannot find the perfect OER text, they can piece together chapters from other OER texts to meet the needs of their course. Additionally, faculty can make edits and improvements to OER texts and send them to their students without having to ask permission of the authors.  

Here on the Anschutz Medical Campus, we have a curated list of health sciences OER available on the library website. We encourage you to check it out and contact the library if you have questions or would like help in finding OER.  

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Celebrate Open Education Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

In honor of Open Education Week consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can get your work submitted and made available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Pre-prints
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technical reports
  • Poster and/or slide presentations
  • Professional activity materials
  • Projects and portfolios
  • Performances
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

If you still have questions, check out our Mountain Scholar FAQ or contact Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu).

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Open Education Week 2020

Every year, during the month of March, the Open Education Global organizes the international event Open Education Week. For one week we focus on the importance and need for Open Education (OE) and scholarship in order to improving education access, affordability, success and quality for all.

Start the week by attending Rajiv Jhangiani’s online workshop, “Beyond Free: Supporting Social Justice Through Open Educational Practices” on March 2nd at 2pm. The Strauss Library will be hosting a screening in Teach Lab 2 followed by a discussion (please register here) or you can attend the workshop virtually

Then, start finding OE resources for you to use and incorporate in the classroom: 

To find additional resources and learn more about OE resources visit the Strauss Library’s OER Guide.

If you have questions, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs to chat or email with a librarian or reach out to Ben Harnke (ben.harnke@cuanschutz.edu) or Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu). 

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.