Open Education Week

Students in Comfortable Seating at the Southeast LibraryJoin in the celebration of Open Education Week on March 2-6, 2020. Learn how to make education more accessible and affordable for all students.

What is Open Education?

The Open Education movement starts with a fundamental tenet of education–that educators and students can and should freely share ideas and teaching materials–and pairs it with new technologies that aid the rapid dissemination of materials and ideas. Open Education aims to expand access to educational materials and create new opportunities for collaboration.

You may have already encountered or implemented open education practices in your classes: Open Education includes things like free online textbooks, course materials that instructors can adapt for their students, and making visuals and other media free for educational use.

Did you know that PCC offers classes with low or no cost textbooks?  See How to Find Low/No Cost Materials Classes at PCC to learn about this option.

What is Open Ed Week?

Open Ed week highlights accomplishments in open education here at PCC and around the world. By drawing attention to what people are already doing, we hope that we can inspire more participation and dialogue.

During Open Ed Week, PCC students were invited to respond to the high cost of textbooks and how this impacts their lives.  Questions like “If you could tell your instructors one thing about your textbooks, what would it be?” and “Was the money you spend on course materials this term worth it?” were written on whiteboards and placed in high traffic areas of PCC Libraries.  Through their responses, students made it clear that traditional textbook pricing is a huge, ethical, environmental, and financial problem in their lives.

Student responses to the high cost of textbooks

Equitable access removes class barriers to education.

Textbooks are heavy and expensive.

This is an outdated medium of receiving information and also expensive $$.

Requiring a textbook with an online access code eliminates any potential to save dollars and that sucks for low-income students.  Another student said “I totally agree with this statement.

Use the databases we already pay for.  Use open-source syllabi!

Books that can be accessed online via the PCC library are awesome.

How Can I Participate in PCC’s Open Ed Week Events?

PCC Libraries will have displays all week that encourage you to participate or find out more about Open Ed. Stop by any PCC Library to check it out!

Open education benefits everyone by providing access to knowledge and the opportunity to connect and collaborate with others.  Learn more about PCC’s OER initiative and how it is benefiting students at the initiative website:

Find online webinars and events at Open Education Week and Open Oregon Educational Resources.