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Open Education Week 2016: Access and
Affordability in Learning
Posted on March 7, 2016 by rdashiell
The week of March 7th is Open Education Week, a global event coordinated by the Open Education
Consortium to raise awareness around free and open sharing in education. This movement advocates for free
and open access for learners and teachers to a variety of resources, including platforms, course and learning
materials, and textbooks.
Temple University Libraries is joining the conversation around textbook access and
affordability by hosting an Open Education Week event titled “Ditch the Textbook:
Exploring Options for Textbook Affordability” on Wednesday, March 9 from 12:00
– 1:30 PM in the Paley Library Lecture Hall. The panel will feature students and
faculty advocates (listed below) for open educational resources and will be
moderated by Annie Johnson, Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications
Specialist at Temple Libraries. The event will also provide information about Temple Libraries’ Alternate
Textbook Project, which will soon be open to proposals.
Panelists for the Libraries’ March 9th event include:
Eitan Laurence is a Temple University student who is an advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER). He
is currently a member of the Provost’s Task Force on Textbook Affordability.
Gerard Brown, Associate Professor, Tyler School of Art, is the Chair of the school’s Foundations Department.
His senior Visual Studies seminar students are currently engaged in a project looking at the way textbooks
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