Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Open Education Week 2024


Open Education Week is March 4th – 8th, 2024, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library will be hosting a series of events.  

Please register for a session to receive invitation to view the recording when they are available.

Open Education Week (OE Week) is a yearly event that showcases and celebrates the amazing achievements of the global Open Education community. It was started in 2012 by Open Education Global and has become a collaborative and open space for sharing and learning. During these events, participants will have the opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and explore how openness can enhance learning, teaching, and content creation. Open Education has the potential to make education more accessible, improve content quality, and empower learners to be critical thinkers and knowledge creators.  

Whether you are attending live events, contributing open resources, or engaging in discussions, OE Week celebrates open education as an exciting solution for learning and knowledge dissemination! 

Event Information 

Due to a weather event, the Monday March 4th, 12:00-1:00 OE session has been  cancelled and moved to Monday March 11th. If you have already registered you will use the existing link. 

Monday, March 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Join panelists Carrie Flegel (textbook author), Leah Danyluk and Sara Hanson (faculty), Kriztel Sayana and Nicole Zalesak (student representatives from the SPSA). The panel moderator is Dr. Danielle Dubien from Sask Polytechnic - Register Here.

  • OE: Does it really benefit students
  • Join Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty and students as they discuss their experience using open education resources in the classroom. We have been polling the students about their interaction with open resources in several classes and will bring the compiled results to this session. 


Tuesday, March 5, 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Terry Green, Adam Levine, Nina Verishagen and Diane Zerr, Donna Thiessen - Register Here.

  • OE Tricks & Treats: More than just textbooks
  • In this session, our panel will conduct lightning talks between 5 – 7 minutes to discuss tips and tricks for using different media elements in OER. OE is more than just textbooks, and they will explore podcasts, interactives, simulations and on-line courses.
  • We will hear about:
    • Podcasts with Terry Greene from Ecampus Ontario
    • Interactives with Alan Levine from Open Education Global – Saskatchewan
    • Simulations with Chris Hillary from Selkirk College in BC  
    • On-line courses with Diane Zerr and Nina Verishagen from Saskatchewan Polytechnic 


Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Dr. Bettina Schneider and Dr. Arzu Sardali - Register Here.

  • Indigenous Knowledge and OE
  • Dr. Bettina Schneider and Dr. Arzu Sardali, both from First Nations University, will talk about their resources, which incorporate Indigenous knowledge into practical applications (finance and math) and how to engage indigenous communities.


Thursday, March 7, 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Register Here.

  • Open Educational Resources and Universal Design for Learning: Complementary Practices Supporting Student Success

  • Open educational resources (OER) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) complement each other well to further accessible learning opportunities and support students' success. In this webinar, we will explore concepts like the social model of disability and how the UDL principle of "multiple means of representation" can be applied in the design of OER through things like multiple formats, interactivity, multimedia, and good learning design and structure. This session will include lots of concrete examples to explore. Josie Gray (she/her) is the manager of production and publishing at BCcampus. She manages the B.C. Open Collection and provides training and support for B.C. faculty publishing open textbooks in Pressbooks. Josie has been learning about and teaching accessibility best practices in OER since 2016 and has a Masters of Design in Inclusive Design.  


 Friday, March 8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Dr. Alec Couros - Register Here.

  • Artificial Intelligence and OE
  • Dr. Alec Couros of the University of Regina will discuss the positive and negative effects that artificial Intelligence has, with a particular focus on OE.

  • This event is sponsored by the University of Regina; we express our gratitude for this partnership.