Celebrate Open Education Week 2019

March 4 – 8

Open Education Week 2019

The cost of post-secondary textbooks has skyrocketed in recent years, 4 times faster than inflation since 2006, adding several thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education. Textbook costs, which are entirely borne by students, have been shown to cause financial stress, to undermine student success and, in some cases, to adversely affect student retention.  As a student-centered, public, urban university, University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to improving the affordability of education wherever possible.

UMass Boston’s program will incorporate and promote the range of high-quality low/no-cost options for teaching materials including the University Library’s paid resources and the use of “Open Educational Resources” (OERs), which have proven to save students across the country millions of dollars while demonstrating solid educational outcomes. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Open Education Week Events

To promote the awareness, training and adoption of OER content Healey Library, eLearning and Instructional Support/IT, Undergraduate Student Government & MassPirg) are hosting three events on campus.

Finding OER Content

Demos by Librarians and Instructional Designers

Tuesday March 5 |Noon to 1:30pm |Campus Center, room 2540


  • Oliver Chen, Associate Dean for Assessment (Healey Library)
  • Iris Jahng, Reference Librarian (Healey Library)
  • Rrezarta Hyseni, Senior Instructional Designer (eLearning and Instructional Support/IT)

Light refreshments will be served.

The Role of OER in Student Success and Retention

Wednesday March 6 | Noon to 1:30pm | Campus Center, room 2540


  • Anthony McLaughlin & Kush Patel – USG
  • Hannah Picknell, Jordan Stewart, Samantha Gibb –  MassPIRG

Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about OER and search for OER content

Faculty Drop-in Session

Thursday March 7 | Noon to 1:30pm | Campus Center, room 2540

Meet one-on-one with Librarians and Instructional Designers

Light refreshments will be served.