[Open-education] OER Digest - March 9th, 2017

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>From Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 26 | March 9th, 2017


Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and

OE GLOBAL 2017: The OE Global Conference
<http://conference.oeconsortium.org/2017/> is currently underway in Cape
Town, South Africa. Each year the conference brings together leaders in
open education from across the world and is organized by the Open Education
Consortium. Tonight, the winners
of the Open Education Awards for Excellence were also announced. Prior to
this year’s event, there was also a workshop marking the 10-year
anniversary of the Cape Town Declaration
<http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/>. Follow the conference on Twitter
using the #OEglobal

OER + IR: A new article titled Open Educational Resources and Institutional
Repositories <https://works.bepress.com/christine-l-ferguson/33/> by
Christine L Ferguson explores the ways in which libraries create and store
open educational resources (OER) in institutional repositories (IR). The
article addresses issues such as  preservation and versioning of OER
content, copyright and licensing, funding, and staffing and features
interviews and literature from institutions such as the University of
Minnesota, the University of Kansas, and Grand Valley State University.

MOTION DISMISSED: In the litigation of Great Minds and FedEx Office, the
court has issued an order granting FedEx Office’s motion to dismiss. This
litigation centered around the interpretation of the CC
4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode> license,
known as BY-NC-SA. In this case, Great Minds claims that FedEx Office
violated the terms of the BY-NC-SA license Great Minds applied to
educational materials when FedEx Office copied material at the direction of
school districts for non commercial use in classrooms. Read more>>

NEW OPINION PIECE: A new article
written by nine school district superintendents from nine states explores
some common misunderstandings about OER. Published in The Hechinger Report
<http://hechingerreport.org/>, the article features experiences from
#GoOpen districts. Read more>>

IWD 2017: In recognition of International Women’s Day, the OER Digest team
congratulates and thanks all of the amazing female OER leaders we are so
fortunate to have in this movement. Kudos to you all for your continued
dedication in championing open education initiatives around the world!


Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Open Oregon Educational Resources is hosting a webinar on effective
strategies for OER initiatives, featuring Openstax’s Nicole Finkbeiner on
March 13th from 12-1pm PST.

EVENT: BCcampus is hosting a one-hour Pressbooks Training Webinar on March
14th from 10-11am PST.

EVENT: OpenStax and OER Commons will be hosting a webinar on Additional
Faculty OER Resources on March 16th from 3-4 CDT.

EVENT: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference will be taking place from
October 11-13th.The call for proposals closes March 31st.

EVENT: In celebration of Open Education Week, SPARC will be hosting a
webcast titled Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading
the Way on March 29, 2-3 EDT. RSVP to attend!

EVENT: Registration for #OER17: The Politics of Open closes soon! The
conference will take place April 5-6 in London, UK.

JOB: Yale University Library is looking for a Digital Scholarship Project

JOB: BCcampus is seeking an energetic and collaborative Open Education
Advisor. Deadline to apply is March 23rd.


A brief snapshot of those making change on the ground level, and those most

FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA: Undergraduate students in Dr. Wyeth Wasserman’s
cancer genetics class had a unique assignment: to write their own e-textbook
<http://cubocube.com/dashboard.php?c=1> for their course. “Textbooks cost
too much and students should have high quality, free materials,” says Dr.
who led the project. He is executive director of BC Children’s Hospital
Research Institute, professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the
University of British Columbia and a senior scientist with the Centre for
Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. Read more>>

FROM GEORGIA: The college's faculty have been working since fall 2015 to
expand Open Education Resources courses each semester. Almost half a
million dollars’ worth of student savings was yielded the first semester
alone. To date, GHC has saved students $3.8 million in textbook costs. OER
course conversions are aided by the University System of Georgia’s
Affordable Learning Georgia initiative, which promotes student success by
providing cost-free alternatives to expensive textbooks. Read more>>


James GlapaGrossklag‏ @JGlapaGrossklag <https://twitter.com/JGlapaGrossklag>

Students perceive profs who use #OER
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/OER?src=hash> as more kind, creative &
encouraging. @johnhiltoniii <https://twitter.com/johnhiltoniii> #oeglobal
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/oeglobal?src=hash> 1/2


Interesting Reads on Education and Open

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students
Help Write Them | EdSurge


Cashing In On Textbook Rentals | Barron’s Next


Districts 'Go Open' For Instructional Resources | The Dispatch


Education Publisher Pearson Reports Biggest Loss In Its History | The


Franklin U Expands Digital Textbook Project | Campus Technology


Free Psychology Textbook Available For Students | Campus Current


Ministers, Experts Urge Inclusive Access And Quality Education Through Open
Educational Resources | UNESCO


New Solutions—Not Just New Winners—In the Curriculum Marketplace | New


Opinion: Textbooks Are Criminally Overpriced | The Sentinel


Rutgers, NJPIRG Helping to Reduce Textbook Costs | Daily Record


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