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OER and Textbook Alternatives: Oct. 2021 Newsletter

WCTS OER Symposium


October 28th - 29th

Preconference on OER 101: Oct. 28 from 1pm – 3pm
Symposium: Oct. 29 from 9am – 4pm

Open Educational Resources in Wisconsin: Inspiration to Action

This Symposium is a space for inclusive and open sharing and conversation, and creating meaningful collaborations to advance OER work. All are welcome to attend and contribute. For questions regarding the Symposium, please email Vince Mussehl (

Be sure to sign up to see what wonderful progress Wisconsin is making in the global OER initiatives. 

Be sure to check out our own MATC Open Access Team members - Thomas Kalluvila, Elaine Strachota, Cheryl Moser, & Thomas Haslett - whose presentation "A Model for OER Development: A Faculty Driven Approach" will be given at 10-10:45 am on October 29th.

Registration for Symposium

Agenda for Symposium

OER Opportunities

2021 Open Education Conference (October 18-22)
Register NOW for the 2021 Open Education Conference, which will be held virtually on October 18-22. The conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. Rates for this year's conference are $85 (standard) and $25 (students). Full and partial scholarships are available for anyone for whom cost would be a barrier to attendance. For more #OpenEd21 content, you can check out their news page on the website.


Opened21: Which sessions will you attend?

Did You Know?

Recently Published OER Research

Anderson, T. R., Kelly, S. M., & Lynch, K. (2021). Z-degrees: Four colleges in 12 months. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 21(5).

Cozart, D., Horan, E. M., & Frome, G. (2021). Rethinking the traditional textbook: A case for open educational resources and no-cost learning materials. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 9(2).

Delgado, J. L., & Rodrigo, C. (2021). Open educational practices in learning and teaching of computer science. Lessons from a pandemic for the future of education. Annual European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Proceedings, Madrid, Spain.

Perifanou, M., & Economides, A. A. (2021, June 9-11). Challenges for finding language OER: Suggestions to repositories’ administrators. Proceedings of EUNIS 2021: A New Era of Digital Transformation: Challenges for Higher Education. European University Information Systems organization. 

Tang, H. (2021). Implementing open educational resources in digital education. Education Tech Research Dev 69, 389–392.

Tang, H., Lin, Y. J., & Qian, Y. (2021). Improving K-12 teachers’ acceptance of open educational resources by open educational practices: A mixed methods inquiry. Education Tech Research Dev.


What would you like to take away from this session? Do you have suggestions of topics that you would like to see discussed?

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OER in the News

The US Department of Education (DoEd) has granted Illinois $1.08 million and Minnesota $978,332 to support OER development in varied ways. Read more here and here.

US Department of Education

Twenty years of Open Educational Resources: Building robust networks for innovation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation | October 7, 2021