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Open Educational Resources

Guide for SPU faculty to use in considering, adopting, revising, evaluating, and creating OER for their courses.

Faculty-created OER works include:

OER Efforts at SPU

A sampling of OER efforts from 2013 - present:

Celebrating Open Education Week at SPU

OER Week 2024 logoMarch 7th After Faculty Senate: Open Education Week Workshop  

Join the SPU Library in celebrating Open Education Week by participating in a workshop in the ETM offices (Library lower level) on March 7th from 12:30pm - 2:00pm.  

To support student success, we want to share a range of options that could improve access to affordable course materials.  

Bring your laptop and syllabi. Topics will include: finding and using open educational resources (OER), assessing and reviewing OER, locating and using library materials (including licensed materials like films and eBooks) and faculty grants for reviewing open textbooks.  

Box lunches will be available for those that RSVP by March 5, but RSVPs are not required otherwise. Coffee, tea, and cookies will also be available. We look forward to seeing you there! 

OER Week cookiesWhat:  Open Education Week 2022 – Stories of Faculty Projects and Grant Opportunities

Join us to hear faculty share stories of their open textbooks and why they are creating work to share with the world. We’ll also talk about why the library is supporting this work, how to find relevant open resources for your courses, and how you can be a beneficiary of a new round of open educational resource grants (both for reviews of open texts and to create open educational resources).    

Dave Denton is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, where he teaches classes to graduate students who are working toward becoming teachers. Dave enjoys most all subjects related to education: classroom assessment, classroom management, instructional strategies, education research, and some others. 

Kristen Hoffman is the Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian. With fellow liaison librarians and the Educational Technology and Media department, she supports faculty, staff, and students in OER creation and use. Kristen is the library’s expert in copyright and fair use and the point person for our membership of the Open Education Network.  

Lane Seeley is Professor and Co-chair of Physics. Lane’s current research is focused on helping educators re-frame and re-prioritize energy learning so that it is more accessible and culturally relevant for all students and particularly for students who don’t see their ideas and priorities reflected in our disciplinary cannon. 

 Owen Ewald is the C. May Marston Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Civilizations. In more than 20 years of teaching at SPU, he has taught Latin, Greek, ancient literature in translation, art history, and ancient history. He is a proud member of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. 

John Robertson is the Assistant Dean for Instructional Design and Emerging Technologies. He leads the Educational Technology and Media (ETM) department. Alongside support for the digital side of teaching and learning, ETM supports the creation and design of OER.  

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 11:00-1:00pm  

Where: Demaray 349

As a an belated OE Week celebration, the SPU library hosted a virtual visit and training workshop from our new partners in the Open Education Network on Thursday, April 29, 2021.


SPU community members: Please sign in to Panopto to view this webinar, if not redirected. 

This session was recorded with the intention of being made available to SPU employees who were unable to attend synchronously. 

We Count: How Census 2020 Will Impact Your Life

Census 2020 Panel Discussion, March 5, 2020

The SPU Library is hosting the panel, “We Count: How Census 2020 Will Impact Your Life,” on Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., in Upper Gwinn Commons. Moderated by Kathleen Braden, professor emerita of geography, the panel will include a U.S. Census Bureau specialist, as well as the director of civic engagement and advocacy for the Latino Community Fund of Washington, and SPU professors Jennifer McKinney and Dennis Vickers. This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Panelists will address the importance of the 2020 Census from practical, technological, and social justice perspectives, including how our communities will be counted, what questions will and will not be asked, and census data security. They will also address why some populations tend to be undercounted, why ensuring that everyone counts matters, and what we can do in our communities to ensure a complete a fair count.

Open Education Week 2018 logoWe are celebrating Open Education Week at our Hump Day faculty gathering, and your faithful librarians Kristen Hoffman and John Robertson will be there to answer any questions you may have about using open educational resources in your courses. If you can’t come by, go here to learn more about Open Education:

Where: Demaray Hall 349

When: 11 - 1:30

  • Purchased and brought print copies of open textbooks for faculty to review
  • Brought cupcakes to share with faculty

Celebrating International Open Access Week at SPU

October 26, 2023 Faculty Workshop

open access cookiesHappy International Open Access Week!

This year’s theme is Community over Commercialization, and we’re looking forward to Thursday’s OA workshop, where we’ll be gathering with many of you in community to self-archive your scholarship (published or unpublished articles/book chapters, presentations, or other).


Please join us in the SPU Library to celebrate International Open Access Week by participating in a self-archiving workshop in the ETM offices (Library lower level) on Thursday, October 26, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (after Faculty Senate). We look forward to coming together in community to further the work of open access!

Bring your laptop and either drop in or stay the entire time to work one-on-one with librarians and ETM colleagues. We’ll help you navigate the process of determining what version of a published article or book chapter you can share in Digital Commons @ SPU (or elsewhere), and we’ll work with you to upload it.

Box lunches will be available for those that RSVP by October 24, but RSVPs are not required otherwise. Coffee, tea, and cookies will also be available. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reasons you might consider self-archiving:

  • Increases download counts and citations
  • Can easily show impact of reach through data dashboard
  • Allows for scholarship to get into the hands of those who otherwise can’t afford or access it
  • Increases discoverability for everyone and can make it more likely to get to policy makers or others who can build on your research (ask me about the VA downloading our faculty work on mental health, or King County downloading our student work on homelessness in King County)
  • Allows for follow up and feedback, including opportunities for future collaboration
  • May allow you to practice gratefulness, generosity, humility, hope, and other virtues

October 26, 2022: Open for Climate Justice

Theme: Open for Climate Justice

Explore topics of open data, open scholarship, and open educational resources with librarians, fellow faculty, and ETM as they relate to climate justice and more specifically, to your courses.

Wednesday On Campus, Oct 26, 11am-1pm

Library Seminar Room

Bring your brown bag lunch and we will provide cookies, tea, and coffee.

Friday Online, Oct 28th, 10:00 – 11:00 am

October 27, 2021 Hump Day

open access week 2021 banner

This week, the SPU Library invites you to celebrate International Open Access Week! This week is a time to learn more about open access and to find ways to participate more in the work to share information more broadly.

What is open access? Open access (OA) describes work shared with an open license, allowing others to re-use it in a way approved by the author/creator. So OA works may be open textbooks, open data, open access articles, open journals, open educational resources, open source software, and more! Most often the author/creator assigns a Creative Commons license (or other open license), detailing how the work can be used, revised, and shared further. OA also relates to how we might use or create OA in our teaching and scholarship, such as in open education, open pedagogy, and open science.

How will you celebrate with us?

October 24, 2018 Hump Day: Open Access

Open access cupcakes

Today is a very special Open Access Hump Day @ the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. In celebration of international Open Access Week, come find us in Demaray 349 between 11 am and 1:30 pm for food and fellowship. Stop in for 5 minutes or 50.

October 25, 2017: Hump Day

Open access cupcakes

In celebration of the work that SPU faculty, staff, and students are doing to create and share open scholarship, the SPU Library is providing Open Access cupcakes at this week’s Hump Day @ The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development! Hump Day is every Wednesday from 9 – 1:30 in Demaray 349; this week we will have croissants, the special cupcakes, pizza, and a variety of beverages and exceptional fellowship for you to enjoy.

There are two ways you can participate in the celebration of International Open Access Week (this week and beyond):