OER Faculty Development: For beginners and experts

See below the upcoming open educational resources (OER) opportunities available from Minnesota State for faculty and staff for the remainder of the academic year.

“The true beauty of the OER movement is the academic freedom that it provides for our faculty to create and use resources that meet the needs of their learners. It can match their teaching styles and philosophies, align with their course objectives, and also allow them to differentiate instructional materials and activities to be inclusive of the diverse cultures of our learners while ensuring equitable and accessible learning environments.”

Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator

More opportunities may be added throughout the term, so join the OER Community Site to receive a weekly email of upcoming Network for Educational Development events. The OER Community Site is also where to find OER resources, news, and information on Z-degrees, Opendora, OER guides, and more!

OER Learning Circles

Collaborate via facilitated weekly meetings and a D2L Brightspace Course with other Minnesota State faculty who are committed to redesigning courses around OER or creating OER materials to help eliminate textbook costs. The equivalent of .5 RCE is available to participating faculty.

Spring 2022 Cohort

Feb. 21 – May 1, 2022

Summer 2022 Cohort

May 16 – June 19, 2022

OER Project Showcase and Poster Session

After participating in an OER Learning Circle, faculty present their results at the OER Project Showcase. Virtually see their progress and projects during one-hour showcases throughout the month of April. RSVP now to reserve the dates on your calendar!

New this year faculty will be featured in a virtual OER Poster Session, where a poster will be accompanied by an audio clip so anyone curious about OER can learn more about what has been accomplished so far.

Open Education Network Webinars

Open Education Network Webinars introduce OER, creative commons licensing, and the work with the Open Textbook Library. Minnesota State faculty and staff participating in these webinars may review an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library and receive a $200 stipend once the review is completed.

January 26, 2022

2:30 – 4:00 pm

March 21, 2022

9:00 – 10:30 am

May 16, 2022

2:30 – 4:00 pm

*NEW* Short Course – Using Pressbooks to Enhance OER Delivery

March 21 – April 10, 2022

Pressbooks is an online platform designed to encourage self-publication under a Creative Commons license.  It is easy to use and provides a variety of options for including media such as images and videos.  This short course will introduce you to the platform, walk you through creating a free account, and provide you with tools and resources to help you start your own publication. By the end of the course, you will have a Pressbooks account, a title and placeholder for a publication, and a chapter outline of your work.

OER Community Conversations

Open Educational Resource (OER) Community Conversations are open forum conversations for all to share, discuss, and learn from colleagues in the Minnesota State OER community. Hosted by Karen Pikula, the OER Faculty Development Coordinator, these conversations are virtual, hour-long meetings held twice per semester and feature a guest speaker on a topic of interest.

February 23, 2022 @ 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Topic: Universal Design for Learning Modules


April 6 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Topic: TBD



In these webinars from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, host Karen Pikula and a panel from the system office will answer questions about open educational resources, intellectual property, Creative Commons licenses, Z-degrees, and more!

February 2, 2022

March 28, 2022

May 23, 2022

OER Webinars, Panels and Workshops


Contact Karen Pikula.

Visit MinnState.edu/OER to learn more about OER at Minnesota State.

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