Event: What Are Open Educational Resources (Thurs. May 15, 12pm)?

As part of a UC Tour, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) are coming to UCSB to talk about OERs and the related open access movement, which focuses on raising the impact of research, scholarship and education through openness. There are two opportunities to hear about the issues and share your concerns.

May 15, 2014 - UCSB Library, Classroom 1575

  • 12pm:  What are Open Educational Resources?  Nicole and Nick will present an introduction to openly licensed documents and media for teaching, research and learning, including open textbooks.  Bring your lunch and or enjoy our light refreshments.
  • 1pm: Student Forum.  Share your concerns so that Nicole and Nick can represent UCSB students as they advocate for open access textbooks and research data.  Refreshments provided.

More about Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education

Nicole leads SPARC's work on open educational resources (OER), focusing on public policy and engaging and supporting the library community on this issue. She joined SPARC in 2013, already established as a leading figure in the OER movement, with seven years of experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing on OER and related public interest issues.

More about Nick Shockey, Director of Student Advocacy

As SPARC’s first Director of Student Advocacy, Nick is responsible for growing SPARC’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices. Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under seven million students in approximately one hundred countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in more than two hundred congressional offices.