Massachusetts Open Education – Achieving Access for All

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About

Massachusetts Open Education: Achieving Access for All is a collaborative project focused on building capacity for open educational resources (OER) across the state. Leaders of the project include open education advocates from University of Massachusetts, State Universities, and Community Colleges. Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes (https://sparcopen.org/open-education/‚Äč). This collaboration offers direct benefits to faculty and students at the 28 public higher education institutions in the Commonwealth.

Assessing the OER Landscape

An important outcome of this project is to assess the OER landscape at all public higher education institutions in Massachusetts. By gathering data and information from each college about current OER usage, we will analyze the results to determine regional training needs, assisting the project in achieving its goal of lowering overall costs for students, increasing student and faculty engagement, and ultimately improving college completion rates.
 


Statewide OER Regional Trainings Events

There will be free professional development training events taking place across the state. Faculty will recieve a $200 stipend for attending and completing a review of an Open Textbook.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  1. Understanding OER (introduction to OER, open licensing, shared examples of OER, and discussion of OER adoption models)
  2. Teaching and Learning with Free and Open Educational Resources (ways to find and use free, CC licensed and public domain content, make content accessible, and incorporate open pedagogy)
  3. The Value of Open (benefits of OER and open pedagogy, examples of OER initiatives, research on OER, and data on the impact of OER)
  4. Implementing and Scaling OER Initiatives (collaboration, starting your initiative, policy, strategies, structure and process, and communicating about OER)
     

Training Dates and Locations

Register today by filling out the OER Training Registration Form.

February 1, 2019
Northern Essex Community College

February 8, 2019
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

March 12, 2019
Bridgewater State University

March 14, 2019
Worcester State University

May 23, 2019: Intensive Day of OER Development
NEOER Summit at UMASS, Amherst MA

Join Us for the Launch Event where faculty will work in teams to pool resources and experiences to curate, adapt and develop materials for Mass Transfer courses.

Mass Open Education project will seek applications from community college and state university instructors to work as part of a team to develop OER course materials for a Gen Ed Foundation course (limited to 70 faculty members statewide who will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work). More information will be available in January.

Additional workshop dates forthcoming.

Contact Information: ma-opened-l@library.umass.edu