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Get Ready for Open Education Week


This week is Open Education Week 2013! It runs from Monday March 11th through Friday the 15th, with the goal of “raising awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide.” Whether you are new to open education or an experienced educator looking for new ideas, you can “connect, collect, create, and share” through a series of local and online sessions and resources.

This Year’s Schedule

Think of the week as a professional development opportunity with three types of webinars offered: research and initiatives, roundtable discussions, and training sessions. Everything is free to access and there is no charge to attend any of the live events.

You can view the online schedule in multiple formats, bookmark sessions you’d like to attend, and add them to your calendar. A list of speakers is also available. As you browse the schedule, keep in mind that these events are happening globally and the times presented are in GMT (a time conversion link is also provided).

Here are just a few of the webinars that may be of interest to you as an online instructor in higher education:

Different platforms and technologies are being used throughout the week, so check the description for each session you are interested in attending for detailed instructions on how to access it.

In addition to live webinars, you can also take advantage of posted resources organized by category, and view information about more than 80 open education projects.

We’re participating!

This week’s Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat) features a discussion of Creative Commons licenses and tips for remixing open educational resources for use in your courses and assignments with guest host Billy Meinke. Join OnlineCollege.org on Wednesday, March 13th at 12pm ET to share your questions and ideas via Twitter.

Spread the Word

Through the many options available through Open Education Week, you can participate and share what you are doing and learning by:

  • Using the #openeducationwk hashtag.
  • Registering as an attendee and adding your profile to the directory. This is an optional step that could lead to new networking opportunities.
  • Writing about what you’ve learned in a blog post or for an article submission.
  • Sharing found resources with other instructors in your department or organization.
  • Posting your activities and favorite resources through your extended professional network on LinkedIn, Google+, and Facebook.

Explore the Open Education Week 2013 website and consider setting aside time to explore at least one open education resource this week.

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March 11th, 2013 written by (learn more about our authors)

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