2014: A Year in Review

Open.Michigan covered the launch of a new open access journal, and expanded services for publishing open and print-on-demand textbooks and books. It was a good year for MOOCs as well with three Coursera courses offered by U-M faculty that increased their use of Creative Commons licensing for their materials. Our staff traveled quite a bit too, giving presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. One of our most successful collaborations with the U-M Department of Family Medicine wrapped up a multi-year platform conversion and OER project. We celebrated our sixth anniversary, and there are other highlights from the Open.Michigan office, not to mention from around the University and the country!



Open Access Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal

Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology cover imageThrough a unique publishing collaboration, the University of Michigan and BioMed Central have launched a new open access journal, Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology, which is now seeking submissions and set to begin publishing in the first quarter of 2015. The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Meng H. Tan, Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at the University of Michigan. All articles published in this journal will be CC 4.0 or CC 1.0. Read more on the Open.Michigan blog and learn more about Open Access Journals from Wikipedia.


Open.Michigan Contributors Publish Open Access Article

Open.Michigan is pleased to share a win for Open Access, thanks to the Journal of Academic Medicine. Kathleen Ludewig Omollo and Airong Luo co-authored an article “Lessons Learned About Coordinating Academic Partnerships From an International Network for Health Education” for the journal’s November 2013 issue. According to the official copyright agreement the journal held a 12-month embargo on the article before it could be shared as Open Access. Omollo wrote to Journal of Academic Medicine to request their permission to add an earlier version to the University of Michigan institutional repository, Deep Blue. According to Omollo, “The journal gave us a happy surprise when they permitted the official version to be immediately available as free, public access.”


Statistics 250 Workbooks

Two new statistics open workbooks by Brenda Gunderson (@bkgundy) are available on the Open.Michigan website with a BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Interested in a hard copy? They are also offered print-on-demand via Amazon: Interactive Lecture Notes and Lab Workbook.


Children and Teens with Cancer Tell Their Story

Chronicling Childhood Cancer book coverChronicling Childhood Cancer: A Collection of Personal Stories by Children & Teens with Cancer. Trisha Paul (Open.Michigan alum), kids and teens use their own words and drawings to share their cancer experiences. You can purchase the book on Amazon, and excerpts from the book are freely available on the Open.Michigan website. Proceeds will be split between Block Out Cancer, and the Child and Family Life Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Follow Trisha on Twitter @trishakpaul2.



Three U-M MOOCs Shared with Creative Commons Licenses

Three U-M Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), “Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education,” “Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills,” and “Programming for Everybody” have applied Creative Commons licenses to their downloadable course materials. Two of the course’s authors, Dr. Caren Stalburg and Dr. Chuck Severance, sat down with Open.Michigan to discuss their MOOCs and to share their motivations for publishing Open Educational Resources (OER).

Check out the discussions on the open.umich.edu blog:



Sharing Med Ed Materials, Limited Internet & Electricity

Medical Schools in sub-Saharan Africa commonly struggle with limited availability, high subscription costs, and unpredictable transmission rates of Internet and electricity. Many institutions also lack sufficient staffing to maintain and support networking or other technology services on campus. These barriers make it difficult for students and instructors to access, create, and integrate digital learning materials into their education and research activities.

To address this, Open.Michigan has been exploring, evaluating, and deploying models for sharing digital learning materials at institutions with no or limited bandwidth, no or limited electricity, and limited on-site support for technology. We experimented with two models for a portable, easily customizable wireless area network that can broadcast digital learning materials to anyone in range, regardless of whether Internet and electricity is available. The two devices selected for wireless access points are TP-Link MR3020 and a Raspberry Pi model B. Both devices are small in size (approximately 7 cm x 7 cm x 3 cm), cost under US$50, and can be configured to create a wifi hotspot that broadcasts the contents of a connected USB storage device. From a web browser, people can browse and search the learning resources, as well as other advanced services such as tracking usage over time.

To date, 20 of these devices are currently deployed in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Liberia. For more information about this initiative, please refer to our poster and our wiki.


Celebrating Open Access Week + Why Attribution Matters

Why Attribution Matters presentation slideInternational Open Access Week (OA Week, 20-26 October 2014) was an opportunity for the academic community to promote broader access to the products of research and scholarship. This year’s theme was Generation Open, highlighting the generation of students, citizen scientists and early-career researchers who have grown up learning and publishing on the open Web. Read more about the events on our blog, and see the slides from the MLibrary & Open.Michigan sponsored talk: Why Attribution Matters.


Bob Riddle travels to Texas for Open Ed Jam

Raspberry PiMSIS Technologist and Open.Michigan collaborator Bob Riddle presented at Open Ed Jam on Low-cost technology for distribution of OER using Raspberry Pi. Good thing Bob is resourceful. He had to overcome several last-minute setbacks on his way to Open Ed Jam 2014 with a malfunctioning Raspberry Pi. Learn more about the Raspberry Pi project on SlideShare.



William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Grantees Meeting

Open.Michigan team member Trisha Paul was invited to present at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s OER Grantees Meeting, 22-24 April 2014. The meeting theme was “OER Value Proposition and Evidence of Impact in 2014” and it was hosted by ISKME (Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education). Paul served as a student representative on a panel discussion entitled “OER Users & Makers,” which was moderated by Vic Vuchic. Paul, who received her Honors English degree from the University of Michigan (U-M) in May and will attend U-M’s Medical School starting this fall, shared her experience working at Open.Michigan and described her experiences with OER as an undergraduate.

At U-M Paul co-founded a student organization called “STEM Society,” where undergrads develop science curriculum for high school students. She introduced the STEM Society undergrads to OER, and by incorporating it into their learning materials, they discovered how to make them more exciting for the high school students. With a passion for literature and science, Paul enjoys exploring the intersection of narrative and medicine, and has CC licensed her blog Illnessnarratives.com. Because of the CC license, educators have reached out to her and were able to reuse her blog materials. Paul also designed and taught a class for freshman at U-M called “Grand Rounds,” which focused on literary narratives around medicine. Paul feels it’s especially important to share resources and experiences in this area, as this field does not have a lot of resources available.

The “OER Users & Makers” panel discussion can be viewed here, with Paul’s remarks starting at around 25:30.


OCWC Global Conference and Published Open Praxis Journal

Open.Michigan data analyst, Jaclyn Cohen, travelled to Ljubljana, Slovenia in April 2014 to present at the OCWC Global Conference. Cohen presented on Open.Michigan’s Dynamic Metrics project and how the Drupal framework that supports the Open.Michigan website can be used to publicly share OER course and resources usage metrics, including total views, downloads, and the top nations visiting a course. The OCWC Global Conference organizers also collaborated with Open Praxis (a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education) to publish selected papers from the conference. Cohen’s paper outlining the Dynamic Metrics project, co-authored with fellow Open.Michigan team members Kathleen Omollo and Dave Malicke, was selected and published in this special issue of the journal: Open Praxis, volume 6 issue 2. Slides from the presentation can be viewed at: http://www.slideshare.net/openmichigan/ocwc-global-framework-dynamic-metrics-presenation/1



A Collaborative OER Success Story

15 authors. 38 modules. 5 languages. 1,400  pages. 111,888+ YouTube views.

The Department of Family Medicine Education Module Transition is complete! What started as an assignment to find a new platform to host the Department of Family Medicine Education Modules, has evolved into a truly unique partnership between an academic unit, Open.Michigan, and a clinical unit, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM). Both are part of the University of Michigan Medical School. Learn more on our blog.


Spotlight on Our Collections

Risk Bites!

Risk Bites feeds your hunger for the science of risk with bite-sized videos. Learn about dioxane in drinking water, nanoparticles, and even alien blood! Have you ever wondered how safe electronic cigarettes are? Or whether HPV vaccines are a smart idea? Check out the Risk Bites YouTube Channel for answers to these interesting questions and more!


Open Health Collections

Our Open Health Collections  contain representative samples of available open health educational resources. Topics include textbooks, courses, audio and video, journals, images (including anatomic plates, illustrations, photos, and diagrams), datasets, and software. Find other health sciences tools on Twitter using the hashtag #openhealthcollections.


Highlights from the Open.Michigan Office

Happy Anniversary to Us!6th Anniversary Cake

We celebrated our sixth anniversary at the University of Michigan on April 29! It has been our pleasure supporting faculty, students, and staff in sharing their open educational materials. A big thank you to all of our collaborators!


International Program Manager Makes a Move

Kathleen Ludewig OmolloKathleen Ludewig Omollo is now the Strategy Officer with the U-M Department of Learning Health Sciences. During her time as Open.Michigan staff, Kathleen led a range of projects, most notably growing and supporting international partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa, refining dScribe training, coordinating crowdsourcing translation activities, and developing offline approaches to sharing OER. Learn more about her contributions on our Alumni page.


Notable at the University of Michigan

Digital Education & Innovation Website

U-M Digital Education and Innovation websiteU-M Digital Education & Innovation launched a new site! Digital Education (DEI) enables engaged, personalized, lifelong learning for the Michigan community.DEI redefines elite public education with the creative use of technology and more!Check out DEI on Twitter @umichDEI, and using the hashtag #umdigitaled. Also see coursera.org/umich for the latest U-M MOOC offerings.


UMHS Applies CC License to Image Bank

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) has a newly-redesigned media bank site! Thanks for sharing this valuable collection with a Creative Commons (CC) BY-NC license.


Global REACH Report

Global REACH Activities Report (FY2013-14): Research, Education & Collaboration for Health (REACH) connects 100s of global health faculty working across 29 departments. Open.Michigan staff and contributions, including the collaboration with St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College (@SPHMMCAddis) and an openly licensed book entitled “Building Academic Partnerships to Reduce Maternal Morbidity & Mortality “ are featured on pages 28, 33, & 80.


Other News & Events

President Obama Highlights Open Education

“An educated population is a global asset.”

On 24 September 2014 at the United Nations, President Barack Obama marked the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) third anniversary by announcing that in addition to the commitments outlined in the current U.S. OGP National Action Plan, “The United States will take additional steps to make our government more open, transparent, and accessible for all Americans.” Read more on the Creative Commons blog. For more information, see the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post, “Promoting Open Education to Help Teachers and Students Around the World.”


Nature Communications Is Fully Open Access

Nature Communications became the first Nature-branded open access only journal. The number one open access journal in multidisciplinary sciences, Nature Communications is Nature Publishing Group’s flagship open access title. The journal ranks as the number three multidisciplinary journal in the world.


Wikimedia Commons Turned 10

Wikimedia Commons recently turned ten years old! Sharing on Wikimedia Commons helps to improve Wikipedia articles, and maximizes educational use of images. Watch this video to learn how to upload images to Wikimedia Commons.


New CEO for Creative Commons

The Creative Commons has named Ryan Merkley as their new Chief Executive Officer. According to Merkley, “A public commons, enabled by the open web, is the most powerful force to foster creativity, inspire innovation, and enhance human knowledge around the world. Those who believe in its potential need to join together in a global movement to ensure its success.”


OpenCourseWare Consortium Gets a Facelift

In May 2014 at their annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the OpenCourseWare Consortium announced its new name: the Open Education Consortium. According to the consortium “The new name embraces trends in higher education globally towards open sharing and scaling access to education through technology, tools and open content.”


Access to OER Expands in the Middle East and North Africa

US State Department announced it is expanding access to Open Educational Resources in the Middle East and North Africa and is sponsoring a special exchange program on OER for education leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. These OER will include course syllabi and materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, and software.


Open Policy Network Launched by Creative Commons

The Creative Commons has announced the launch of the Open Policy Network, a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the creation, adoption, and implementation of policies that require that publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources.

As textbook costs continue to rise, this CNN story describes how some colleges are offering free open source textbooks as course material.

The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in British Columbia, Canada by making openly-licensed textbooks available. The Open Textbook is supported by BC Ministry of Advanced Education.

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Copyright Compendium

Monkey SelfieThis release is the first major revision in more than 20 years, and documents best practices for what is, and is not, copyright protected.

Highlight: Who Owns A Monkey’s Selfie? The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey’s photo, that is, a photo taken by the monkey itself, cannot be copyrighted because it was not taken by a human being.


Open Access Week 2013, October 21-27: Redefining Impact

Open.Michigan welcomes guest blogger Jacob Glenn, a science librarian at the University of Michigan’s Shapiro Science Library. Jacob is blogging on behalf of the library’s Open Access Committee, which is responsible for organizing Open Access Week activities here on campus. For more information about the committee and about Open Access Week, please contact the committee’s chair, Jean Song.

October 21-27 will see a number of opportunities for University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students to get involved during Open Access (OA) Week. Now in its sixth year, OA Week is an international effort organized by SPARC and programmed by libraries and research institutions worldwide. With events taking place both online and in many locations around the globe, OA Week is a time for the U-M community to find out about the benefits of Open Access and to share what they’ve learned with colleagues. This year the University of Michigan Library has put together an exciting lineup of events for OA Week in collaboration with other campus units.

The week will open with a keynote by Brandon Weiner, co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Rights, a local non-profit organization that provides free legal representation, educational opportunities and project coordination services for Michigan artists and creators. Creative Rights helps artists by pairing them up with attorneys who have a strong background in the arts, a model inspired by its founders’ particular combination of legal expertise and artistic interests. Brandon’s talk will examine the practical and existential obstacles encountered when implementing projects with strong Open Access principles.

This year’s OA Week theme is “Redefining Impact,” a reminder of changing approaches to the evaluation of scholarly work driven by the possibilities of publishing on the open Web. On that theme, capping the week will be a closing keynote by Mike Buschman, co-founder of Plum Analytics, a company building the next generation of metrics for scholarly research. Plum’s metrics cover a wide variety of artifacts — much more than just books or journal articles. Source code, figures, online videos and many other research products are tracked and author level metrics are aggregated into a researcher graph. In his talk Mike will reflect on two years of experience collecting, analyzing, and visualizing alternative metrics for academic research, showing how those metrics are being used today by research institutions as diverse as the University of Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian, scholarly publishers, and individual researchers.

Naturally there will be plenty of exciting events in between, including lightning talks, a publishing workshop for Medical School faculty and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. See the complete schedule of events for times, locations, and links to registration.

Open.Michigan's Collection Guidelines

The University of Michigan (U-M) has a diverse culture of sharing. Faculty members, students, and staff are sharing open educational resources, open access pod casts, free (as in no cost to end users, but not openly licensed) massive online open courses, and are contributing educational content to sites like Wikipedia, Youtube, you name it.

A major distinction between some of these forms of sharing are the use of Creative Commons licenses that allow for reuse, remixing, and redistribution. Some of the educational materials and experiences listed above have such a license, others do not.  But, they’re all available to the public, free of charge – and they’re all made available to the public by folks at U-M who are interested in sharing with the world in new and exciting ways.

We’ve had many conversations about how we might more accurately represent this diverse culture of sharing on open.umich.edu. Until recently, we didn’t have anything to guide our decisions for what to include on the site, what to reference and what to promote – other than “Does it have a Creative Commons license that allows for remixing, or not?” And so, many members of U-M’s culture of sharing weren’t represented on the site. To address this gap, we developed the following guidelines:

Collection Guidelines

Open.Michigan’s collection (http://open.umich.edu) showcases teaching and learning resources and experiences from University of Michigan (U-M) faculty, students, staff, and partner institutions. The Open.Michigan initiative seeks to foster a thriving culture of sharing knowledge and scholarship at the University of Michigan, enabled by Standard Practice Guide 601.28, by building and supporting communities of open education resource producers and users. Open.Michigan does not provide permanent and accessible service to U-M produced digital works for an extended period of time. For archival needs, visit the university’s institutional repository, Deep Blue.

Scope of Hosted Educational Content

U-M Open Educational Resources (OER): Teaching and learning materials produced by U-M faculty, students, and staff that are licensed under a Creative Commons license (“open license”) that allow for redistribution, copying, and adaptation. Openly licensed teaching and learning objects from partner institutions may also be hosted on open.umich.edu.

Types of Hosted Content: Assignments, articles, artistic works, lecture presentations, notes, image collections, syllabi, and other scholarly output (e.g. research papers, dissertations, manuscripts), training materials, teaching and/or learning objects and resources recorded in a digital medium.

Scope of Referenced Educational Content

Whenever possible, the Open.Michigan collection will provide web links to U-M produced resources and experiences that are publicly available online for free. Copyright restrictions on these materials may prevent Open.Michigan from hosting and redistributing them. This content may or may not be licensed for personal duplication, modification, or redistribution.

— View the guidelines on our Strategy page.

We recently discussed these guidelines and the U-M culture of sharing at Open Ed 2012.  If you have a moment, or 14 minutes, check it out:

Again, our goal with this document is to provide ourselves with guidelines for more accurately representing all of the types of sharing that’s taking place at U-M. Additionally, by being more inclusive, we’ll be able to start conversations by showing sharers that they’re already recognized members of the sharing community. For those that are not openly licensing their content, we can then continue the conversation by introducing tools, concepts, and open licenses that can make their content open to legal reuse, remixing, and redistribution.

Instructor's Cafe and Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

One of the most interesting things about my job is connecting with all the folks across campus who are already sharing their work and the content they are producing at U-M with the rest of the world. As you know, MLibrary has a commitment to open access and they continue to develop new collections of accessible, useful content that focuses on collaboration across universities. What better way to collaborate than to make your work visible (i.e. not password protected) and to let other people know how they can use your work (i.e. add a Creative Commons license to it)? Over the summer I discovered two new efforts on campus to do just this: bring folks together around resources they can share. They’re both supported by Library efforts but focus on different dimensions of professional practice.

Instructor College Cafe

The first resource is the Instructor College Cafe. This is the outgrowth of the library’s continual effort to provide opportunities for librarian instructors across the campus and institutions develop their teaching skills and share best practices across academic settings. This summer marked the first Michigan Instruction Exchange event, hosted in Ann Arbor, for area librarians to connect and share experiences, models and anecdotes with each other. The Instructor College Cafe is intended to serve as a collective hub that librarian instructors can use to find and contribute content like lesson plans, evaluation tools, conferences to attend, and content to adapt. It has everything from “Tips for Conference Presenters” to “LinkedIn Discussion Board.”

Since it just kicked off this summer there’s a lot of room for growth in the collection. What I like about this collection is its focus on being lightweight and easy to use. Contributors upload content and are prompted to choose their license immediately. There are lots of Google docs represented so in some respects this serves as both repository and referatory, making it simple for contributors to format existing resources. These are the types of documents that provide a clear window into what it’s like to perform library instruction from the presenter’s perspective. Many of these documents are ephemeral but very valuable to other practitioners. I’ve already found useful resources in what has been uploaded so far for my own work. This is a community-centered effort and you don’t have to be part of U-M to contribute or use these materials.

Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

The second new resource is a new collaborative for digital humanists and those in the writing and communications disciplines, called the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. This is a multifaceted space, centered around providing support for the digital writing community. It’s closely associated with the Computers and Writing conference and the professional networks that extend from these activities. The Collaborative provides a diversity of resources and offers participants an opportunity to sit at the table by submitting their own work to the wiki, to the resources section, and to the publishing series. Like the Instructor’s Cafe, folks can contribute all sorts of content to the “Resources” section that support teaching in the field. One great resource in the collection already is the Language, Technology, and Culture course materials from Lisa Ede (Oregon State University). The licensing information for the resources is not as clearly laid out as in the Instructor’s Cafe, but the site’s content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

We’re excited to see how each of these resources develop on campus and across institutions. They’re both examples of how institutions and professionals can easily and effectively share resources and how U-M continues to position itself as a leader in making knowledge accessible and useful for the wider learning community.

In Memory of Bob Frost

One of the most rewarding aspects of creating Open Educational Resources is the opportunity our team gets to collaborate with faculty, staff and students across the university. We get to know experts in a diversity of fields and we have worked with folks from the School of Education to the College of Engineering.

We have a soft spot in our hearts, however, for the School of Information (SI). Many members of the Open.Michigan team graduated from SI and some of our strongest support and collaborations have come from the SI community. One such supporter was Robert Frost, who recently passed away. Bob was an advocate for open access in his own right, creating the Frost Open Access Fund to support student and faculty projects related to open access to information at the School of Information. Bob and his wife, Margaret Hedstrom, started this fund by using royalties earned as heirs to Bob’s great-grandfather’s works (who was Robert Frost, the poet).

Bob and Margaret’s argument for creating this fund resides in the belief that the public should benefit from these royalties since it is the public that continues to express interest in the writer Frost’s work. Bob was also an active member of the University community, serving on the Central Faculty Governance Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and regularly attending CopyNight, hosted by the Copyright Office. Greg Grossmeier, MLibrary Copyright Specialist, remembers Dr. Frost:

“Bob’s commitment to education without barriers really made working with him a pleasure from the Open.Michigan perspective. But from a personal perspective, his commitment to education without barriers was inspiring.”

At Open.Michigan, we hope that the public will continue to express interest in Robert L. Frost, the professor and contributor to information and knowledge that is open, accessible and adaptable.

A memorial service for Bob Frost will be held on April 15, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom.

You can contribute to his memory and his dedication to open access by making a donation to the Frost Open Access Fund: www.giving.umich.edu/give/si-frost

Learn more about Bob Frost and his work:

Support the NIH's Public Access Policy

April 7, 2011 marks the third anniversary of the National Institutes of Health’s public access policy. This policy ensures the public has stable access to the published results of NIH funded research. The resources that have been published under this policy have lead to a substantial growth in free and accessible research to the public.

If you’re a faculty member at U-M looking for more information on how this policy applies to you, check out the Copyright Office’s overview.

This anniversary marks an opportunity for those who use these resources to advocate for the expansion of this successful NIH policy to other federal agencies. The Right to Research Coalition has provided an overview of talking points for this call to action that we encourage you to review. They’re looking for you to answer this call to action by April 14.

The results from NIH projects are published in PubMed Central, the NIH’s digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Right now, PubMed Central contains nearly 2 million articles and the number of free (and, in some cases, openly licensed) resources is growing. PubMed Central has also been an advocate for open licenses, making efforts to support and promote the openly licensed materials through the PMC Open Access Subset. PubMed Central and PubMed are invaluable resources to students and professionals in the biomedical fields.

Closely related to this policy is another opportunity for U-M faculty to contribute to the growth of openly accessible knowledge and information. COPE (the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity) includes a consortium of universities, including U-M, that have pledged to publish in open access journals. One of the ways they support faculty is by subsidizing author publication fees. Learn more about this at the Library’s COPE FAQ.

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Learn. Share. Advance.

Last week we told you about some fun events the Library is hosting for Open Access Week 2010. You can visit their list of planned events here (or you can read our blog post Open Access Week at U-M) but we wanted to let you know about other national, international and regional activities that celebrate Open Access Week. We hope these will increase your knowledge of just what Open Access Week is all about.

Why Open Access Week is important

As a world renowned research university, the University of Michigan participates in many academic and scientific efforts that can have tremendous impact on our health and well-being. From researching how students get their homework done to promoting healthy organ transplants, we are leaders in finding solutions to problems.

Open Access Week strives to increase awareness of how knowledge produced in academic and research settings can have an even larger impact if it is shared openly and can be used and distributed openly. It also provides opportunities for practitioners and proponents to come together to discuss these opportunities and share information with each other. This is one of the reasons why Open Access Week is conducted across the world in local settings (in places as close as Minnesota and as far away as Nairobi).

OA and OER

While there are similarities between how Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) operate, there are some important differences between the two terms and the way the two movements interact with each other. While OA means you get unrestricted access to materials you’re interested in, these materials are not always openly licensed so that you can use or re-use the materials for your own education or to educate others. You don’t always have as much decision-making privilege with the information and knowledge produced under OA terms. At Open.Michigan, we believe this privilege is a very important one. It determines how others can build new forms of knowledge and encourages participatory learning. OA opens doors to access and OER opens doors to use.  Ultimately those working in the OA world and those working in the OER world strive to provide concrete opportunities for scholars and students alike to contribute to this growth of the knowledge commons and this is why we think Open Access Week is so important.

Learn More

If you can’t jet across the country (or the world) to attend these events, you can still learn about the importance of open access by checking out these organizations and activities:

  • Watch videos about Open Access Week
  • Check out Open Book Publishers.
  • Read up on PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed open access journal for scientific and medical research.
  • Read FOIA Friday to learn about local requests for information and how this access can improve our local lives.
  • Participate in Forum discussions about Open Access Week and OA in general.
  • Connect with other members of the Open Access Week movement.
  • Check out what other organizations like EOS are doing to promote open scholarly access.
  • Browse the OA Directory.