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Open Educational Resources: News & Events

How to find, adopt, adapt, and create open educational resources

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education OER Newsletters

"Breaking it Open" is a monthly newsletter published by the Massachusetts DHE OER Advisory Council's Marketing & Education Committee. This newsletter is full of information and inspiration about OER activities on MA higher education campuses and includes listings for upcoming professional development events. Check it out!

Archived OER Professional Development Resources

Equity in Action: What OER Is, Does, and Means for Students

Presenter: Gerol Petruzella, Director of Academic Technology, MCLA
Sponsors: MCLA Academic Technology
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Location: MCLA Faculty Center

You’ve heard of open educational resources, but does it mean anything more than “free stuff”? Learn why the OER movement is a strategy for realizing our values as a college committed to equity – and how Massachusetts is advancing OER right now.

Improving Representation & Diversity in Course Materials

Presenter: Anthony Palmiotto, Editorial Director, OpenStax
Sponsors: OpenStax & Massachusetts ROTEL Grant Project Team
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Location: Virtual (local watch party in MCLA Faculty Center)

MCLA's Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology Office, Freel Library, and Institutional Equity & Belonging hosted a local watch party in the Faculty Center for this statewide webinar. Session description: "During this workshop, in partnership with the ROTEL grant project team in Massachusetts, who share our commitment to creating open textbooks through an equity lens, we will share the framework and guidelines that we have developed to improve and increase diverse representation in course materials. Our hope for this training is that you will leave with specific ways in which you can apply the framework to your course materials. The framework is the result of substantial contributions from many experts and advocates, and we are always taking steps to improve it and our overall practices."