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Open Education Week 2018 March 5-9

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Join us!

What Open Education Week events are happening on campus? 

See the full list here: Open Education Week Events at the University of Missouri

What is Open Education?

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new.  In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.

Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.

Open is key; open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.

home Events and Exhibits Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education: SPARC Webcast

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, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.