What is free, available online and easily redistributed?
The answer is open educational resources, or OERs, which will be celebrated March 27-31, as part of the fifth annual Open Education Week, a global initiative to make education more open, free and accessible to all.
Come celebrate the potential impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide by participating in ASU Library's second annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, in collaboration with the School of Art, within ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The Wikipedia event is part of a global movement to increase the coverage and participation of women and the arts on Wikipedia, the most used and well-known open educational resource out there. All levels of Wikipedia or art expertise are welcome!
You can also celebrate with ASU Library by following along on social media using the hashtag #OpenEducationWK and #textbookbrokeASU.
Open educational resources are characterized by being free, available online and giving permission in advance for users to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute content. OERs make like easier for instructors because you don't have to navigate the maze of copyright restrictions, exemptions and fair use evaluations to determine what you can and cannot use for your teaching purposes.
Additionally, OERs benefit students by lowering or eliminating the cost of textbooks. Many initiatives, such as the Maricopa Millions OER Project, are specifically focused on reducing costs for students.
No stranger to open education, ASU joined the Open Education Consortium last year in an effort to further support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. Other open education initiatives include the Global Freshman Academy and other MOOCs (massive open online course) offered through ASUx, faculty projects like Laura Hosman's SolarSPELL, and OER repositories like the Professional Learning Library hosted by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.