eVersity to Host OER Symposium April 8 in Little Rock

University of Arkansas System faculty and representatives are invited to learn and share experiences related to open educational resources (OER) at an April 8 symposium hosted by the UA System’s new 100 percent-online eVersity.

Want to share experiences and learn more about open educational resources (OER)? The experts at the UA System eVersity have you covered April 8. 

University of Arkansas System faculty and representatives are invited to learn and share experiences related to open educational resources (OER) at an April 8 symposium hosted by the UA System’s new 100 percent-online eVersity.

The symposium is the first in a developing series being designed around topics of interest within the online and digital learning community in the UA System. 

“One of the most exciting new developments in higher education is the increasing momentum behind the OER movement,” said Michael Moore, chief academic and operating officer at eVersity. “Faculty and institutions are increasingly expressing an interest in its use, stemming from the simple economics of wanting to reign in the seemingly uncontrollable increases in textbook costs.”

Other benefits of using OER include the flexibility of crafting and selecting resources to best fit a particular instructional need. 

“One of the nation’s largest and most respected online educational institutions, the University of Maryland University College, has successfully migrated to a 100 percent-OER environment at the undergraduate level and is starting a similar migration at the graduate level,” said Moore, who added that eVersity, which launched in September 2015, is striving to be an OER institution.

“In recent months we have gained considerable experience acquiring, managing and developing OER materials,” said Harriet Watkins, director of online learning at eVersity, which includes leadership of the institution’s instructional design team that will play a large role in the symposium. “We plan to share our experiences, challenges and tips with our colleagues throughout the UA System at this inaugural OER symposium.”

Called “OPEN,” the April 8 Symposium will be hosted at the UA System Administration building and anyone with UA System ties is invited. Those wanting to come should reserve a space by April 1 by filling out this online form. Lunch will be provided.

The free symposium will feature faculty who have worked to develop 100 percent-OER courses, instructional designers who have designed OER-based courses and discussions centered on resources and legal issues related to OER.  Download the full agenda.