Open Education Week 2021



What is Open Education Week?

An annual celebration, Open Education Week (OE Week) is an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.

Started in 2012 by the Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum, Open Education Week seeks to raise awareness and highlight open education efforts worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators, and students an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world (Source: 

This event has ended.  Please see the asynchronous events, recordings, and slide decks below. 

Monday, March 1

Explore the Virtual OER Petting Zoo!


Come and explore open educational resources at the OER Petting Zoo in FrameVR.  FrameVR is a 3D way of displaying your information that can be viewed in either a browser or a VR headset for a more engaging and immersive experience. You can flip through pdf versions of the OER Textbooks by clicking on the forward and back arrows or visit the textbooks web page by clicking on the cover. You can even meet up with others visiting the OER Petting Zoo at the same time!

Tuesday, March 2

3rd Annual Faculty OER Mingle

Co-Sponsored by the TFSC & TIPS

OER faculty


Session 1, 10:00 am - 11:30 am:  ​​​​​OER Creation:  U of A OER Creators Share their Experience


  • Dr. Jingxian Wu, Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Russell Sharman, Communication
  • Dr. Claretha Hughes, Human Resource and Workforce Development


Session 2, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm:  Creative Commons 101, OER Assignments, & Pressbooks Tour


  • Lora Lennertz, University Libraries 
  • Scott Wright, Global Campus
  • Elaine Thornton, University Libraries

Wednesday, March 3

OER, Course Design, and More!  An OE Week Session for

Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OER Open Book


Video Presentations Coming Soon! 

Thursday, March 4

Explore OER, DEI, and Social Justice (Asynchronous)

OER Open Book


Friday, March 5


10:00am - 12:40pm

Co-Hosted by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education

A statewide gathering of OER supporters, practitioners, and administrators interested in advancing open education initiatives

at Arkansas Colleges and Universities

10:00 – 10:10 am Welcome and agenda overview – Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas
10:10 – 10:30 am Relinda Ruth & Tabetha Nguyen – University of Arkansas Community College- Cossatot
10:30 – 10:50 am Kathy Anderson – Philander Smith College
10:50 – 11:10 am Philip Shackleford – South Arkansas Community College
11:10 – 11:30 am Dr. Robbie Melton – Tennessee State University
11:30 – 11:40 am Break
11:40 – 12:00 pm Cassandra Barnett – Arkansas Dept. of Education
12:00 – 12:10 pm Dr. Amar Kanekar – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
12:10 – 12:20 pm Martha Anderson – University of Arkansas
12:20 – 12:30 pm Hannah Faith Hurdle – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
12:30 – 12:35 pm Closing & Thank You

A big "Thank you!"  to all who participated!  What a fabulous Friday morning! Need to contact a presenter?  Email us, and we'll connect you!