Open Education Consortium: Member and Community Updates

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)  launched OPEN Washington

On 24th July 2014 SBCTC launched Open Washington, a website that connects faculty to the nation’s finest open resources to save students money. For more information, read the press release available here.

University of Cape Town, South Africa launched its new official repository with open content

On 31st July 2014 the University of Cape Town (OpenUCT Initiative) launched its new official repository with open content.  For more information and to access the repository, click here.

Creative Commons will launch School of Open Africa in September 2014

Creative Commons announced the upcoming launch of the School of Open initiatives in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa in September 2014.

[Reposted from CC website]: School of Open is a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age.

To find out more about these upcoming initiatives, click here.

Upcoming events and conferences

The ICDE International Conference 2014

Conference theme: Connecting the World through Open, Distance and e-Learning.

Date & Place: 25-26 September 2014, Moscow, Russia
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The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) Project will hold its first Advisory Forum

The first Forum event will also be used to publicly launch OEPS.

Date & Place: 13th October 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland
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EADTU: The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2014

Conference theme: New Technologies and the future of Teaching and Learning.

Date & Place: 23-24 October 2014, Krakow, Poland
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8th EDEN Research Workshop

The focus of the workshop is on Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things.

Date & Place: 27-28 October 2014, Oxford, UK
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OpenCon 2014: The Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data

Date & Place: 15-17 November 2014, Washington, DC, USA
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3rd Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) Seminar

Following on the success of the first two seminars, the first one in Cape Town (South Africa) on 7-12 December 2013 and the second one in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 21-25 April 2014, GO-GN will organize the 3rd Seminar in Washington, DC in conjunction with the OpenEd14 Conference which will be held 19-21 November (

Date & Place: 16-21 November 2014, Washington, DC, USA
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The 11th Annual Open Education Conference: OpenEd14: Achieving the Potential of Open

Date & Place: 19-21 November 2014, Washington, DC, USA

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VIII International GUIDE Conference And V Symposium on Education and Communication

Conference theme: Science and Technology, Management and Quality: the future of distance education in Brazil and around the world.

Date & Place: 19-21 November 2014, Aracaju, Brazil
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Conference: Open Educational Resources: Impact and Outcomes

This 2-day event will be organized in four sessions, with each one dedicated to a specific topic related to OERs: OER Business Models, Public Policies, Open Education for Transformation & Foundations Programs.

Date & Place: 8-9 December 2014, Paris, France
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Upcoming Webinars & Courses

Webinar: Open Educational Resources (OER) for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture

Date & time: 19 September 2014, 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time)
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Open Research course: Learn how to conduct research openly and ethically

This course is aimed at any researcher who wants to conduct an element of their research openly. It is organized by the OER Research Hub in collaboration with the Peer 2 Peer University and Creative Commons.

Sign-up for the course closes on Friday 12 September and the course begins on Monday 15 September 2014.

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Sept 10: Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions with BCcampus, OpenStax College, and the California OER Council.

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free, open webinar featuring emerging open textbook collections that support faculty adoptions of open educational resources for high impact college courses.  Speakers will share the process of finding and/or developing open textbooks for their collections, the peer review process, and strategies for encouraging […]

Call for Proposals: Impact of OER on Education and Training in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) programme invites researchers worldwide to submit research proposals on the theme: Impact of OER in the developing regions of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Grants of MYR 150,000 to 225,000 (approximately CAD 50,000 to 75,000) are available for winning research proposals. North-South or South-South collaboration and interdisciplinary research are encouraged. Research teams will have up […]

Applications to attend OpenCon 2014 in Washington, DC are open!

Applications to attend OpenCon 2014 (The Student and Early Career Researcher Conference Open Access, Open Education and Open Data) in Washington, DC are officially open!  Conference dates: 15-17 November, 2014 There are numerous travel scholarships available for qualifying candidates. Deadline to apply: 25 August More information about OpenCon 2014 and how to apply is here.    

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The Open Education Consortium Welcomes New Members (July 2014)

The Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of 10 new members: New Institutional Members: Citrus Community College District Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium MarylandOnline Mohave Community College Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) University Teknologi MARA (UiTM) New Organizational Members: IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers New Corporate Members: DeakinDigital Higher […]