March 7-11, 2022 is Open Education Week, an international event to build awareness of open education and show its impact on teaching and learning. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness.* Read below to learn how to get involved during Open Ed Week.
Attend OLRC’s and COERLL’s FL OER Conference
The weekend before Open Education Week the Open Language Resource Center (OLRC) at the University of Kansas and COERLL will be co-hosting the second annual Foreign Language OER online Conference on Saturday, March 5, 2022 via Zoom. The goal of the conference is to provide a venue to showcase large-scale language OER and to exchange information on topics related to OER production and adoption.
This year’s conference will highlight materials in Arabic, Croatian, Czech, ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. Presentations will explore inclusivity, accessibility, OER in K-12, faculty/developer partnerships, Heritage Language Learners, Creative Commons licensing and other important issues.!
There is no cost to attend the conference. It will be conducted entirely through Zoom and composed of 15 minute lightning talks and 30 minute presentations.
Be featured on COERLL’s Language OER Network
Have you taught with openly licensed resources, created your own openly licensed resources, or helped others learn about OER? If so, we want to give you a digital badge and feature you on the Language OER Network! 117 faculty, teachers, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students are already listed there.
Find other events and resources for Open Education Week
You can discover other events around the world on the Open Education Week website. Here’s just a sample:
- Presentation Ask Me Anything About H5P – March 7, 2022 at 10am CST
- Panel Discussion Overcoming Faculty Barriers to OER Adoption – March 7, 2022 at 4pm CST
- Keynote Equity and Inclusion in the Open Education Movement Keynote Address: Towards Sustainable OER Creation for Ethnic Studies – March 8, 2022 at 11:00am CST
- Presentation COERLL project presentation series: Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish – March 8, 2022 at 11:30am CST
- Session Making OER Count: Incorporating OER into the Tenure and Promotion Process– March 8, 2022 at 12pm CST
- Session Embracing OER: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies – March 9, 2022 at 1pm CST
- Presentation COERLL project presentation series: Trayectos Presentation – March 10, 2022 at 3:30pm CST
- Round Table Evaluating Open Pedagogies – March 11, 2022 at 10:30am CST
Learn more about OER for language learning in our introductory guide
Two years ago, we launched the Introduction to OER for Language Teachers, a series of modules on topics related to creating and using open educational resources and practices. We have been updating the guide ever since based on our conversations with teachers – it’s OER, so it continues to evolve!
If you are already a user or creator of OER, or are planning on becoming one, please take a look at the guide, and let us know what you think.
Try licensing your work
If you are already sharing activities, lesson plans, or other resources with colleagues, you might want to consider adding a Creative Commons license, so people know how they are allowed to use your resource and remember to give you credit. Here’s how…
- Somewhere in your document, write “This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License” (or whichever other license you choose). This page can help you choose a license (that is, choose how people are allowed to use your resource).
- Add an image of the license if you have it.
- Don’t forget to include your name as the author!
*Definition from the Open Education Consortium’s Open Education Week website, licensed under CC BY.