FSU Libraries to host Open Education Symposium

Strozier Library at Florida State University. (FSU Photography Services)
Strozier Library at Florida State University. (FSU Photography Services)

Florida State University Libraries will host a free one-day symposium focused on raising awareness about Open Educational Resources (OER) and their potential to support student success by reducing textbook costs and creating opportunities for open, learner-centered pedagogy.

The Open Education Symposium, a professional development opportunity for faculty and students, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Strozier Library’s Bradley Reading Room.

“This symposium will provide faculty with effective strategies for relieving some of the financial burden on their students, advancing the university’s strategic goal of ensuring an affordable education for all students regardless of socioeconomic status,” said Julia Zimmerman, dean of University Libraries. “The symposium will also surface innovative ideas related to open pedagogy, including open assignments that empower students to connect with a global audience, engage with real-world issues and develop their skills as digital citizens.”

The symposium will feature distinguished speakers, collaborative sessions, panel discussions and a keynote address by David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning.

Registration is free, and participants are welcome to attend the entire event or individual sessions. Participants can also attend remotely via a live webcast. For more information, visit bit.ly/opened-symp.

The program is sponsored by FSU’s University Libraries, College of Education and College of Communication and Information.