Collins Memorial Library is hosting a discussion of Open Education Resources with Nicole Allen, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Director of Open Education. Ms. Allen is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for open education. Starting during her own days as a student at the University of Puget Sound, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of college textbook costs and access to education into the public spotlight and to advance openness as a solution in both policy and practice.
Ms. Allen’s career began in 2006 with the Student Public Interest Research Groups, where she worked with college students across the United States to organize numerous large-scale grassroots campaigns on college affordability and related issues. In 2013, Nicole joined SPARC to develop and lead a new program on open education, which has since evolved into a national network of more than 100 academic librarians and a robust advocacy portfolio spanning state, national and international policy. She also continues to work with students through the Right to Research Coalition and as part of the organizing team for OpenCon.
Topics will include potential benefits of Open Education Resources (OER), opportunities for library-faculty member collaboration in the realm of open education, and overcoming perceived barriers to OER adoption, but attendees are encouraged to bring whatever burning questions they have to the event.
Friday, October 7, 2-3pm
Direct event inquiries to Ben Tucker