OpenEd Forum 2015 was UMass Boston’s first conference to address open education. It took place on the UMass Boston campus on Friday, March 13, 2015 during International Open Education Week. Over 120 participants attended.
Attendees included UMass Boston faculty, students and alumni, as well as Open Education Resources (OER) community partners, including MA Department of Education (DESE) and numerous higher education institutions from the entire NE region. Provost Winston Langley gave opening remarks and announced funding would be made available to support the development of OER at UMass Boston.
Keynote speaker, Mary Lou Forward, executive director of the Open Education Consortium, provided evidence-based research on the impact of open textbooks for both students and faculty. UMass Boston student and MASSPIRG organizer, Maria Barrow, gave insight into her own experiences with the financial burden of purchasing course textbooks. Inspiring OER pioneers from UMass Boston and beyond shared their work and provided advice for others hoping to do the same. A workshop on copyright and Creative Commons was facilitated by Charlote Roh from UMass Amherst libraries. The event will serve as a catalyst for developing an action plan and infrastructure to support faculty in accessing and creating OER. Special thanks to Healey Library, College of Advancing and Professional Studies, and UMassOnline for their support.
Access the shared resources and photos from the event.