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Celebrate Open Education Week

MSU Denver and higher-education partners will host a variety of events Monday through March 6.

By Lindsey Coulter

February 25, 2020

Student sitting on steps and working on laptop while wearing MSU Denver gear.Join Metropolitan State University of Denver and institutions across the state in celebrating Open Education Week from Monday through March 6. Events aim to raise awareness about the Open Education Movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

MSU Denver is an open-educational-resources advocate and leader thanks in part to $60,000 in grants last year and a recently announced $76,000 from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s 2019-20 OER Grant Program. MSU Denver’s proposal, along with 34 others, demonstrates a $1 million investment in educators to contain costs for students and drive innovation in our classrooms. An important use of grant funds at MSU Denver is to support $750 OER adoption grants for faculty. Fall 2019 recipients are profiled on the MSU Denver OER webpage, and the spring 2020 recipients have been recently notified of their acceptance (stay tuned to the Early Bird for more news on the winners).

Visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education website to find 2020 OER Week events across the state and the Open Education Week webpage for events across the world, and don’t miss two great events happening on the Auraria Campus.


The Auraria Library will host a livestream workshop, Rajiv Jhangiani – Beyond Free: Supporting Social Justice Through Open Educational Practices, at the library discovery wall Monday from 2-3:30 p.m. Those interested can RSVP to Ellen Metter, researcher-support librarian, Auraria Library.

March 5

Two MSU Denver professors will share how using OER has broadened their pedagogical strategies. Steve Krizman, assistant professor, Journalism and Media Production, will share his experience using to engage public-relations students. Emily Ragan, Ph.D., associate professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, will share her experience in iteratively developing a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) in Biochemistry II, an experience that has broadened the scope and student experience of the course. The materials she developed are openly licensed and freely available. This event will be livestreamed across the state from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting or join by phone at +1-669-900-6833 or +1-646-558-8656 U.S. Toll, and enter Meeting ID 699 754 652.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and RSVP for June 4-5 as the Colorado School of Mines hosts the 2nd Annual Statewide OER Conference. Organizers are seeking proposals from current grantees and others, so submit today!

Topics: Auraria Library, Events, Excellence, OER, Open Educational Resources, Student Affairs, Student Success

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