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Registration open for free GSU Library Open Education Symposium on March 8, 2024

In celebration of Open Education Week 2024, Georgia State University (GSU) Library is hosting the Open for Student Success: A Georgia State University Library Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2024, via Webex.

The online mini-conference allows presenters to share their experience and wisdom with attendees who want to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they can be used in research, assignments and other academic projects. 

What Are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others ( 

What is Open Education Week?

Open Education Week is an annual global event with the goal to raise awareness, showcase initiatives, and celebrate the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER),” says Charlene Martoni-McElrath, Outreach Librarian for the Social Sciences. “OER support the student success because they are educational resources that are free to access online and also to do one of the following, according to the resource’s license: retain, revise, remix, reuse, redistribute. This makes OER powerful tools for supporting educational affordability, access, and student graduation rates.” 

What Can You Expect at the Virtual Mini-Conference?

Session topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • OER success stories 
  • Collaboration on OER projects 
  • Adaptation or authorship of OER 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in OER 
  • Copyright, Creative Commons, and OER 
  • OER and STEAM 
  • OER and educational affordability 
  • Open pedagogy projects 

Session format options are: 

  • 45-minute presentation (live) followed by a 15-minute Q&A 
  • 10-minute lightning talk (live), followed by a 5-minute Q&A 
  • 10-minute lightning talk (pre-recorded) – recordings will be posted and viewers can post comments/questions for the presenter 
  • 45 minute panel discussion with students about textbook costs and their experiences with OER 

All sessions will be recorded and shared following the event.