Curated by Ash Barber, Jennifer Hurley, Nikki Andersen, Alice Luetchford, members of the Australasian OEPSIG, and selected content from SPARC’s OEP Digest. This digest is sponsored by ASCILITE.
- Congratulations to the recipients of the CAUL OER Collective DIY Open Textbook Grants! The Open Educational Resources Collective Grant Program aims to advance the development of open textbooks by academic authors at participating institutions, focusing on the following categories: high impact projects, emerging disciplines, Australian and New Zealand content, and rebalancing representation. See the range of disciplines that will have open textbooks in the coming year.
- Connecting the Dots: 20+ Years of Open in Australia: CAUL and Open Access Australasia have created a LibGuide and visual timeline of key achievements in Australian open access history.
- Congratulations to members of the RMIT Open Publishing Team who have created an OER Capability Toolkit, an Australian adaptation of the OER Starter Kit by Abbey Elder. Use it as a professional development tool for librarians, learning designers and teachers.
- Find out how what’s involved in a renewable assessment with Mais Fatayer (UTS) and Eseta Tualaulelei (UniSQ) new case study: 5 steps for integrating the OER in renewable assessment.
- Job Opportunity: Open Education Librarian at the University of Canterbury. Applications close 7 August.
- Congratulations to Creative Commons, who is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Check out their annual report showcasing this global community’s achievements from the last two decades. There are many ways that you can be involved in Creative Commons activities.
- A Change of Leadership at BCcampus: Amanda Coolidge is stepping into the role of interim Executive Director at BCcampus. Read the details on the BCcampus website.
- Celebrating Together: 10 Years of Open Textbooks in B.C. BCcampus held a special event to celebrate a decade of the Open Textbook Project. The event also marked the official launch of the new B.C. Open Textbook Collection site. The new site contains the entire B.C. Open Textbook Collection as well as numerous open courses developed by B.C. post-secondary educators.
- Course Hero Quietly Took Over Hosting Lumen’s OER Content. They Say It’s No Big Deal | EdSurge.
- International OA Week theme announced: Open for Climate Justice, 24-30 October 2022.
Professional development opportunities
Conferences, webinars and recordings
- Register now for OEP-SIG Webinar #5: Universal Design for Learning and Open: Towards Learning for All (12pm AEST, Tues 16 Aug). Presented by Dr Surita Jhangiani and Dr Carolee Clyne, this talk aims to introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explain how this researched educational framework works well with the core values and ideas of Open Education. These fit together to create inclusive learning opportunities for all.
- Registrations for Ascilite 2022 are now open, with the hybrid conference running from 5-7 December 2022 at the University of Sydney.
- Registrations for the Enabling a Modern Curriculum conference are open. The full program is out now.
- BCcampus OER Production Series: Technical Accessibility (11 August, 10am PDT) – will be recorded so you can view later.
- BCcampus OER Production Series: Applying Universal Design for Learning to Open Educational Resources (16 August, 10am PDT) – will be recorded so you can view later.
- Registration is open for Open Texas 2022, a free, virtual OER conference September 21-23.
- Pandemic Boost for Digital Course Materials: Instructors’ awareness and use of open educational resources and their recognition of the efficacy of digital texts rose sharply this year, an annual survey finds.
- Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education: This handbook provides an overview of Open, Distance and Digital Education in the age of digital transformation.
- Supplemental Instructional Materials Market to Grow to $4.6 billion in 2024, West Virginia’s News
- SEO for Open Textbooks Creators by Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa, Pressbooks.
- Teaching and Learning with Open Educational Resources is the first report of its kind to look extensively at how instructors are using OER to advance equity in the classroom, by by Dr. Richard Sebastian.
- For Open Data, think twice before applying Non-Commercial conditions by Tristain Matthews
- Changing the gender narrative in open access, by Katie Wilson and Lucy Montgomery
Recent posts from CAUL’S Enabling a Modern Curriculum blog
- Coming soon! CAUL Open Educational Resources Professional Development Program
- Choosing your own adventure with OER
OEG Voices 37: Patrina Law and Andy Lane on Two OE Award Winning Projects from the Open University
Registration is open for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Professional Program in Open Education. There is no deadline; registration will remain open until seats are filled. The first course begins on September 19 2022.
Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) seeks submissions for a theme issue on the connections between information literacy and open educational practices. Submission deadline is December 15, 2022.
Subject spotlight: Engineering
The Scholarly Communications Committee from the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education have created a new LibGuide that provides links to open textbooks in the engineering field. Thanks to Emma Peters for sharing!
New open texts by discipline
Arts and humanities
- Media Communication, Convergence and Literacy by Enyonam Osei-Hwere and Patrick Osei-Hwere (US)
- Introduction to LGBTIQ+ Studies: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach by Amory et al. (US)
Business and management
- Leading Innovation by Kerri Sheilds (Canada)
- People Learning and Development by Monica Affleck (Canada)
- Deaf Education by Joanne Weber (Canada)
- Driving Educational Change: Innovations in Action by Ana-Paula Correia (US)
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Teachers and Instructors by Bruce Allan et al. (Canada)
- Principles of nuclear engineering by R. A. Borrelli (US)
- Written Communication for Engineers by Marcella Reekie (US)
Health and medicine
- Nursing Management and Professional Concepts by Open RD (US)
- The Science of Sleep by Sheryl Shook (US)
- Indigenous Knowledges and Perspectives on Climate Adaptation by Resilience By Design Lab and Royal Roads University (Canada)
- Suva Stories: A History of the Capital of Fiji edited by Nicholas Halter
Law and politics
- Mobilising the Masses: Populist Conservative Movements in Australia and New Zealand During the Great Depression by Matthew Cunningham (Aus)
- Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society edited by Stephen Howes and Lekshmi N. Pillai (Aus)
- Global Corruption: Its Regulation under International Conventions, US, UK, and Canadian Law and Practice – 4th Edition by Gerry Ferguson (Canada)
Psychology and social work
- Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology by Zenko et al. (US)
- Theories and Biological Basis of Addiction by Audrey Begun (US)
- Veterinary Preventive Medicine by Margaret Root Kustritz (US)
- The Science of Plants written by Tom Michaels, Emily Hoover, and Laura Irish (US)
Statistics, maths, Information technology
- Patterns for Beginning Programmers: With Examples in Java by David Bernstein (US)
- Productivity in Common Operating Systems: Unix Essentials by Lester Hiraki (Canada)
Tourism and Hospitality
- Introduction to Tourism by Morgan Westcott and Wendy Anderson (Canada)
- Foodtrepreneurship by Nancy Carey (US)
New open teaching resource
- Introduction to University Writing by BcCampus, licensed under CC-BY 4.0 License. (Canada)
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