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Upcoming Workshops & Other Training Opportunities

Workshops at UT

The OER Working Group regularly hosts workshops (virtually, for now) on topics related to OER and other open practices. When topics and dates are determined, you can find them here or learn about them by signing up for the open education & pedagogy interest list.


Affordable Course Materials 101: An Introduction to OER

Friday, 9/30 | 9:30 - 11:00am

The UT OER Working Group is hosting a workshop to introduce participants to open educational resources (OER). Instructors can leverage the open licenses assigned to OER to offer their students free, immediate access to course materials as well as to copy and adapt those materials to meet the needs of their course.

Participants will gain hands-on experience exploring the resources available in commonly used OER discovery tools. Strategies for incorporating other forms of free and low-cost course materials will also be discussed briefly.

The virtual workshop is free and open to UT faculty, graduate students, and staff, but registration is required. Register here

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and identify open educational resources (OER)

  2. Understand benefits of using OER or other low-cost materials

  3. Know how to find existing OER in a repository

Other Professional Development Opportunities

There are many conferences, workshops, and presentations related to OER and other open education topics each year. Many are even free to attend, though some do have registration fees. Selected upcoming events are listed below with links to register. 

  • Open Texas 2022 (Sept. 21 - 23): Register now for the second annual Open Texas conference. The 2022 conference will be held fully online and free to attend. This year’s conference theme, "The Labor of Open Education," invites participants to reflect on the work, creativity, art, and science of open education. Watch for the full schedule and register.
  • Michigan OER Virtual Summit (Sept. 29 - 30): This year's conference theme is "Looking Back, Looking Forward," focusing on how work in open education has been changed and transformed during the past two years and your plans for a re-imagined future. Attendance is free and virtual. See the full schedule and register now.
  • Open Education Conference (Oct. 17 - 20): The Open Education Conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about OER, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. This dynamic gathering celebrates the core values of open education that strive to realize education ecosystems that are accessible, affordable, equitable and inclusive to everyone, regardless of their background. This year's event will be virtual. Register now.

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