Learn About Open Educational Resources March 4

Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center ATU
Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center

Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will observe Open Education Week 2024 by informing the Arkansas Tech University community about open educational resources during an event on Monday, March 4.

Open education refers to removing financial barriers to educational materials. The U.S. Department of Education defines openly licensed educational resources as “teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.”

Open Education Week was created by Open Education Global in 2012.

“OE Week provides practitioners, educators and students with an opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world,” reads a portion of the Open Education Global website.

The ATU open educational resources session will begin at noon on March 4 in Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300A.

“This informational session will include a presentation on what open educational resources are and how students can choose zero textbook cost classes here at Tech,” said Sherry Tinerella, associate librarian for public services at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center. “We will have a video presentation with words from faculty and students, snacks, swag and more. There will also be faculty there to speak about their experience in creating free textbooks.”

Arkansas Tech’s engagement in the open educational resources movement was spurred by a Leadership Tech group project during the 2022-23 academic year.

Learn more about Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at https://library.atu.edu.