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Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources: Conferences and Opportunities

OTESSA York University or Online | CfP Feb 12

The Open/Technology, Education, Scholarship and Society Association conference will take place between May 27-June 2 as part of the Congress Conference, hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference theme is "Reckonings and Reimaginings", exploring the complexities and technology and/or open practice raise for education, society, and scholarship. 

Note from Kathy: This is being chaired by some of my favorite people, Leo Havemann does great work around open and policy. Good conference for everyone, a particularly great place for undergraduate/graduate students to participate.

FL OER Summit | CfP Feb 28

Note from Kathy--Rebel Cummings-Sauls has done amazing work in open for at least a decade. This will be a good conference.

The FL OER Summit will be held virtually May 24-25, 2023. This year's theme is "Beyond Affordability." Participants will explore how the use of OER benefits students, faculty and institutions beyond saving students money. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate. 


Northeast OER Summit, April 4-5, 2023 Online

The Northeast OER Steering Committee is excited to announce the upcoming Northeast OER Summit, a two-day, multi-state collaborative virtual event for new and experienced OER advocates offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research. 

This year’s theme is Making Moves: Strategies for Success in OER.

  • When: Tuesday April 4 - Wednesday, 5, 2023 (concluding at 2 p.m. on Wednesday)
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: $40 (undergraduates are always free!)
  • Who Should Attend: People engaged in open education initiatives, including students, faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, administrators, and other campus leaders.
    Reviewers for Proposals: We are looking for reviewers to review conference proposals. If you are interested, please contact Nicolas Simon at
    Thank you for giving this event your consideration. We hope that you will be able to join us online this year!

    The Northeast OER Summit Core Planning Team

    Hayley Battaglia, Southern Connecticut State University
    Amy Beth, Guttman Community College CUNY
    Kathy DesRoches, Granite State College
    Megan MacGregor, University of Southern Maine
    Nicolas Simon, Eastern Connecticut State University
    Susan Souza-Mort, Bristol CC
    Theresa Dooley, UMass Amherst

OER23: Open Education Conference, Inverness, Scotland

This absolutely fantastic conference (Kathy's words) will take place April 4-6, 2023 at Inverness, Scotland. This will be the 14th annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy organized by the Association of Learning Technology. The 2023 conference will take place in partnership with UHI, the University of the Highlands and Islands, as well as the Global OER Graduate Network. Watch the conference website for updates regarding the call for proposals, to explore resources from previous conferences, and to register to attend.

EDEN Digital Learning Europe Conference | June 18-20, 2023, Dublin, Ireland

The National Institute for Digital Learning has announced the location and dates for this conference. The chairs are set to be Dr. Orna Farrell (whose work I love) and Professor Mark Brown. I will keep an eye out for the CfP, but you can also share your email to receive notifications directly from them (which is a good idea, in case I lose track).

OpenCon Ohio 2023 | Online, May 19th, 2023

This year’s OpenCon Ohio 2023 will be offered over Zoom with asynchronous activities earlier in the week. Yes, you read that right - OpenCon Cleveland is now OpenCon Ohio. In keeping with the name change, OpenCon Ohio's theme this year will be the Transformative Power of Open Education. This year we are excited to host Maha Bali as our keynote speaker. Stay tuned for more information, or check our website for updates:  

We hope to see you there! 

OpenCon Planning Committee 

2023 CC Global Summit, Mexico City | 3-6 Oct, 2023

The CC Global Summit will take place F2F in Mexico City this coming fall. The venue will be the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco. Visit the Creative Commons blog for more information, or join the CC conversation on Slack.

ICDE World Conference 2023 | November 6-10, 2023, San Jose, Costa Rica

The ICDE Worldwide Conference takes place every other year, I believe. I attended and presented in 2019, and was inspired by the ways in which researchers had integrated the Sustainable Development Goals into their work. The conference theme will be "joining hands in peace for the Futures of Education". I will watch for the CfP, but to get updates in your own email register your interest at the WCOL2023 website.

Creative Commons Certificate Course

Planning ahead? Join Creative Commons in one of the 10-week online courses in open licensing, open practices and the ethos of our shared, digital commons. And, get CC-Certified as an expert in open licensing! 

Courses include readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises to develop learners’ open skills. Participants get personalized engagement with expert facilitators and copyright lawyers in the field, and offer a 1:25 (max) ratio of facilitators to course participants.

Currently they offer CC Certificate courses for Open Culture/ GLAM, Academic Librarians, and Educators. However, courses are open to everyone, from university students and entry-level professionals to experts in the fields of library science, education, and cultural heritage.

Learn more about the CC Certificate program.

From Kathy: I took this course a couple of years ago. It is well done, and I was especially grateful for the people I met and the ways in which it broadened my scholarly network. 

interesting Things to Watch

CCCOER Fall Webinar Series --

The Dec. 7 webinar was moderated by Matthew Bloom from Maricopa County, you will enjoy hearing his perspective.

Michigan OER Virtual Summit

Took place September 29-30, 2022

Theme: "Looking Back, Looking Forward"

The keynote speakers were Dr. Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, and Nicole Allen, Director of open Education for SPARC. This will be a really strong conference. Some of the recordings from this very strong conference are now available. Let me know if you went and what you thought! ~KE

OpenEd22 Conference

Recordings are now available from the 2022 Open Education Conference. Hear from other scholars exploring open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. This was a really great conference, and had researchers from a wide range of disciplines sharing how they are incorporating open practices into their research and teaching. Visit for opportunities to get involved with planning the 2023 national conference.


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