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Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education: SPARC Webcast

This special Open Education Week webcast will highlight system and state/provincial-wide Open Education initiatives at SPARC member institutions.

The Open Education movement has grown dramatically in recent years. Much of this growth is the result of innovative OER programs and initiatives that span multiple higher education institutions. Although challenging, these types of initiatives have the potential to impact the largest number of students and go far in making open the default in education.

During Open Education Week on Wednesday, March 7th, at 1pm CST, SPARC will host a webcast to highlight system and state/provincial-wide OER initiatives at our SPARC member institutions. Now considered a national leader in OER initiatives, the University of Missouri System is among the institutions that will be discussed.


  • Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
  • Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, SUNY System Administration
  • Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus
  • Grace Atkins, Outreach and Open Education Librarian, University of Missouri Libraries


Online Viewing
Individuals are welcome to register to watch the webcast on their own computers by RSVPing on the SPARC event page.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.