A celebration of the global open education movement, Open Education Week showcases the impact of openly-licensed content on teaching and learning worldwide. The third annual Open Education Week, organized by the OCW Consortium, takes place March 10-15 with local and online events around the world.
Educational Materials Anyone Can Reuse, Adapt
At Open.Michigan, we work with faculty, students, and staff to openly license their work, so that the public can remix, use, and adapt the content to suit their own needs. In 2009, our dScribe Matthew Simpson, wrote a blog post, “Why Open Matters.” In his essay he cited four major areas of importance, including health equity, learning from other students, working in the global health setting, and improving health. It was true then, and it is true now.
OER can take a lot of forms, including lectures, reading lists, syllabi, instructional modules, and simulations. Our Open.Michigan OER repository includes thousands of these resources you can browse, download, use, and share.
Did you know Wikipedia is the world’s largest and most used OER? When you make your work available as OER, you enable others to use your work on YOUR terms.
Free Textbooks for All Learners
Openly-licensed materials help learners. With the soaring cost of textbooks, openly-licensed textbooks become important to help keep education attainable. There are several University of Michigan courses that use open textbooks that are free and are available in the Open.Michigan repository, like a wikibook about parallel spectral numerical methods; statistics workbooks and lecture notes; an open textbook about python for informatics; a book about household politics in early Early Modern England; and many more! Here is another great collection of open textbooks.
Creating OER through Collaborations
Frequently, Open.Michigan partners with an individual or a department to create some amazing resources, including books:
Another way OER appears in the academic realm is as Open Course Ware (OCW). This happens when an entire course is released via Creative Commons licenses. A good example of OCW in our Open.Michigan collection is SI 410 – Ethics and Information Technology. Paul Conway, associate professor, School of Information, was the first University of Michigan faculty member to share all his courses as OCW. Find out why.
Making a Global Impact
The global impact of openly-licensed information cannot be overlooked nor underestimated. Established in 2008, the African Health OER Network is a collaboration between the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and African health sciences institutes. The Health OER Network develops and distributes health education information throughout Africa. One example of a successful collaboration utilized low-cost technology to reach areas with no or limited internet using a device called Raspberry Pi.
Translations play a big role in the African Health OER Network. Read an interview with Eve Nabulya: Luganda Translations For My Community. A large-scale project using crowdsourcing and volunteers launched in 2013 to bring multilingual video captions to the Open.Michigan YouTube Channel. Thanks to volunteers, more than 139 non-English captions have been translated into 18 languages.
Hope you have a great Open Education Week! Keep up the good work!