The SPARC Libraries & OER Forum (LibOER) is a robust community of practice for academic and research librarians interested in open educational resources (OER). Established in 2013, this network connects more than 825 subscribers primarily in the U.S. and Canada through a public email discussion list and a monthly community discussion call.
We believe that the future of education is open. We support initiatives that advance that vision coupled with tangible results that build access to resources, research, and communities committed to open education. Initiatives include a library of OER textbooks, Open Textbook Network (OTN) alliance of higher education institutions, and OER Fellowships
Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) organize college students to solve some of the world's most pressing public interest problems, including textbook costs. They conduct research, develop campaigns, and provide resources.
We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.
Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.