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Open Educational Resources: Events and Workshops

A guide for faculty to assist with finding and adopting quality Open Educational Resources that help reduce the cost of course materials for students





Teaching with Online Library Resources at Salem State (Recorded Zoom Meeting)
In this pre-recorded presentation, Dean Elizabeth McKeigue and Librarian Tara Fitzpatrick, introduce OER and discuss using OER and online library resources in your teaching at Salem State University.
Recorded May 18, 2020
1 hour

Unleashing the Power of Massachusetts Students to Increase OER Awareness (Recorded Webinar)

The Massachusetts Student Advisory Council (SAC) to the Board of Higher Education implements strategies and advocates for the rights, needs, interests, and welfare of all students enrolled in public higher education within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a deliberative and recommending body to the Board of Higher Education, it is the purpose and duty of the Student Advisory Council to maintain a forum for expressing student views and interests while fostering academic freedom, responsibility and excellence. Join us for this student panel of four students prominent in state-wide advocacy through the Student Advisory Council to learn more about how students from all over Massachusetts are increasing OER awareness at their respective campuses and at the state-level. They will speak on their latest "Ten Days Of OER" campaign, as a public awareness campaign and a stepping stone for the student leaders who come after them.

Facilitator: Sue Tashjian, Co-President CCCOER, Co-chair, MA OER Advisory Council, Northern Essex Community College
Student Panelists:

  • Jorgo Gushi, Chair of the SAC, Quinsigamond Community College
  • Niki Nguyen, Vice-Chair of the SAC and head of the OER Subcommittee, Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cody Nathanson, Co-head of the OER Social Media Subcommittee, Mt. Wachusett Community College
  • Andrew Raisbeck, Head of the OER Public Information Subcommittee, Middlesex Community College

Moderator: Dr. Robert Awkward, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Effectiveness, Statewide OER Coordinator, MA Department of Higher Education
Recorded Wednesday March 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET 

DEI and OER along with Open Pedagogy (Recorded Webinar)

Recorded Thursday, March 4, 2021

A taped conversation with OER experts Ceit De Vito of Bunker Hill Community College and Marilyn Billings of UMass Amherst. This topic is of the utmost importance in explaining the impact of OER. Sponsored by MA Statewide OER Advisory Group
Recording link:

Copyright Basics for Academia Presented by Copyright Clearance Center -- [Recording link TBA]

Recorded Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

This free webcast is intended to provide a quick but in-depth look at important concerns surrounding the use of copyright-protected content within an academic environment. This program is beneficial as both an initial exposure to copyright, as well as a refresher for those who contend with these issues regularly. This session features:

  • Copyright Defined
  • Exclusive Rights
  • Transfer of Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • Public Domain

Recording will be posted here when it becomes available


Prefer to learn more and ask questions in a one-on-one environment? Schedule a consultation with a Salem State librarian or with an instructional designer. Book an appointment with a librarian here and request an appointment with an instructional designer here. 


For questions or help with finding OER, please contact one of the co-directors of the Viking OER & Textbook Affordability Initiative:

Elizabeth McKeigue, Dean of the Library:

Gail Rankin, Director of Academic and Educational Technologies:

Roopika Risam Associate Professor of Education and Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives:

For help and advice for finding resources in your specific discipline, go to the Contact a Librarian page to find the subject librarian for your discipline.