UI Library Research Colloquium to Host Panel on Open Educational Resources and Scholarship


The University of Idaho Library Research Colloquium series is proud to host a discussion of open education and digital scholarship, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. on the main floor of the library. The colloquium is part of Open Education Week 2015 on the Moscow campus.

The panel discussion will center on open educational resources and textbook costs. Participants include Rami Attebury, subject liaison librarian for the College of Education; Kailey Holt, ASUI director of finance Alejandra Gonzalez, ASUI director of diversity; and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar William Arms, professor emeritus of computing and information science at Cornell University and a leader in implementing innovative computing in higher education.

Open Education is a global movement to raise awareness about open education's impacts on teaching and learning worldwide. It encompasses openly shared resources, tools and practices that improve educational access and effectiveness.

Open educational resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an intellectual property license that permit their free use. Open textbooks are high-quality college texts with an "open" copyright license allowing the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted. Open textbooks are typically distributed online at no cost and can be purchased in print formats at a low cost. On average, using open textbooks in place of traditional textbooks saves students 80%.

Other Open Education Week events include a talk by William Arms on "Academic Libraries in the Digital Age," March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the UI Law School Courtroom; and a discussion of "Best Practices and Open Educational Resource Models in Universities" April 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the UI Library, Room 212A.

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