New year of OER Events available!

Minnesota State has a variety of educational development opportunities dedicated to open educational resources (OER). We support and facilitate the adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality resources to help students save money while enhancing access and success for Minnesota State students.

We invite Minnesota State faculty to learn more about OER this year by joining any (or all) of our 2022-2023 OER events hosted on the Network for Educational Development (NED) Events Calendar. See a summary of the events below or view the flyer for a quick look.

Join Communities
Join the OER Community Site to receive a weekly email of upcoming NED events. The OER Community Site is also where to find OER resources, news, and information on Z-degrees, Opendora, OER guides, and more!

Join the Creative Commons Community to learn more about creative commons licensing and to find experts on your campus.

OER Community Conversations

Four conversations focused on equity and inclusion through connection

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.

November 16, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Topic: Learn how a faculty member integrated OER into his course using the HTML editor in D2L to ensure that the course is truly accessible to learners regardless of their device.


December 7, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Topic: Student panel focused on how students’ define accessibility in terms of their everyday experiences in accessing course content.


February 22, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Topic: A discussion on equity, how it is an ongoing process, never perfect, but a work in progress, and how OER compliments this process as well as providing some ideas for and examples of best practices in OER courses and content creation.


April 5, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Topic: A panel of OER Learning Circle faculty that have intentionally focused on equity and accessibility as they worked on their projects and have them share examples of that focus using OER.


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. Participants receive compensation in the form of release credit equivalency (RCE) of $1750 in combined salary and fringe.

Fall 2022
Sept. 26 – Dec. 4

Spring 2023
Feb. 21 – May 1

Summer 2023
May 8 – June 18

OER Project Showcase

Join the virtual showcase events to learn about projects from the upcoming 2022-2023 OER Learning Circle cohorts. How have been helping save students money? How did they adapt their courses to OER or develop OER ancillary or primary materials? The showcase will be held virtually across five days in the Spring of 2023 with a handful of OER Learning Circle participants in each, presenting their work and answering questions.

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.

September 14
2:30 – 4:00 pm

March 20
9:00 – 10:30 am

November 14
9:00 – 10:30 am

May 15
2:30 – 4:00 pm

January 25
2:30 – 4:00 pm


In these webinars, 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!

September 21
11:00 – 12:00 pm

March 27
9:00 – 10:00 am

November 21
9:00 – 10:00 am

May 22
2:30 – 3:30 pm

February 1
2:30 – 3:30 pm

Additional OER Webinars

Visit the NED Event Calendar to browse for additional webinars added throughout the term – use the list view and filter options to narrow results to OER events.

Visit to learn more about OER at Minnesota State.


Contact Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator.

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