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Invitation graphic. Details follow: April 15, 2024 conference on open education resources at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota

The North Dakota University System will be hosting an OER conference in Bismarck, ND at the Heritage Center on April 15. The even will start at 9:00 AM. Registration is free and can be completed at this address.

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NDUS Open Educational Resource (OER) Virtual Conference 2021

March 2nd 12:45 PM – 4:30 PM CT  and March 3rd 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT 

Some of the highlights of the conference include open educational pedagogy, Creative Commons licensing, NDUS faculty fellowships, and how to empower students’ learning with OERs.

The full conference agenda is available. Recordings of the sessions are on the NDUS Open Educational Resources page under Professional Development near the bottom of the webpage.

UND OER Faculty Grant Recipient Workshops- 2016- 2021

PUBLISH, DON'T PERISH  - Retaining Your Rights & Maximizing Impact

October 22, 2018. 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Education Building, Room 5 Guest Speaker:


Keynote: Publish, Don't Perish: Authors' Rights when Authors Write

Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian, City University of New York & President, Wikimedia NYC
Megan Wacha will present strategies for retaining your rights, evaluating publishing options and publishers to ensure you maximize the impact of your work, and more. 
Megan Wacha advances equitable access to information and publishing through her dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. As the Scholarly Communications Librarian for the City University of New York, she leads CUNY's 31 libraries in the development and management of CUNY’s open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works. Megan is also an active Wikipedian and the President of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer run non-profit committed to connecting New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement.

Link to Recorded Talk


Schedule of events:

1:00 pm - Introduction
1:15 pm - Megan Wacha,  Keynote Speaker
2:00 pm - Retain Your Rights workshop
2:30 pm - Paywall Film Screening


Retain Your Rights:  An Author Addendum Mini-Workshop

UND Librarians will provide a 20 minute workshop chock full of practical tips on how you can retain your rights when publishing scholarly articles and book chapters. UND Librarians experienced in authors’ rights will provide sample author addenda and discuss how you can negotiate rights retention – and improve the reach and impact of your work!  Please bring any samples (hardcopy or on laptop) of current or past copyright agreements you may have signed.

Retain Your Rights from University of North Dakota on Vimeo.


Paywall:  The Business of Scholarship - Movie Screening, 65 minutes

Perhaps you’ve used Google Scholar or another browser to find scholarly articles – only to discover that all you can access is an abstract, and when you click through to the publisher site, they want a credit card and $39.95 for 36-hours of access to a single article.  Or maybe you’ve heard your friendly academic librarian tell you that the library pays almost $1 million annually just for access to a single scientific journal “Big Deal” package, with 3000 titles, and they can’t un-bundle the package to just get the titles your university really needs, because that would actually cost more.  Also, the prices of the packages go up 6-8% every year, for no apparent reason – and with no recourse.  Perhaps you’ve heard that most university libraries are forced to sign non-disclosure agreements saying they won’t even tell you what the prices are.  Maybe you’ve wondered why your favorite small publishers seem to keep being gobbled up by the Big 5 – publishers that now control over 50% of scholarly publishing.  Maybe you are starting to wonder why the faculty seem to do all the work related to research, but then their own universities can’t afford to purchase their publications – and why academic libraries seem to be caught in endless cycles of journal cancelations.  If any of these sound familiar, this is the movie for you!  Jason Schmitt of Clarkson University directed this fascinating documentary, featuring interviews with scholars around the world. 



Presented by the UND Open Educational Resources/Open Access Working Group


OER workshop presentation first slide

Perhaps you’ve been hearing about Open Educational Resources, and you’re interested but still have questions.  Are there any OERs suitable for your course?  How do they compare with traditional resources?  What about tutorials, question banks, or other supplementary resources?  Are there copyright or licensing issues?  How do OERs affect student outcomes?

Well, we’re here to help! UND’s Open Educational Resources Working Group is hosting a multi-speaker symposium to answer these questions and more!  Join us on March 27 in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union for answers – from your colleagues, from expert staff, and from students!  The program runs from 10:30 am – 3 pm, but if you can’t join us for the entire program, feel free to attend the segment of your choice.  Speakers and topics are as follows:


10:30 am – Welcome & Overview

10:45 am – “Student attitudes and learning from open-access textbooks: What does the evidence show?” – Prof. Virginia Clinton (Educational Foundations and Research) – Prof. Clinton was one of the first participants in UND’s Open Educational Resources pilot project.  Now, she will present her research, based on her experience working with students in a large introductory Psychology class at UND.

11:30 am – PANEL – “Help with OERs at UND:  Copyright Assistance, Licensing, & Legal Considerations; Tools & Tricks to Help You Adapt or Build Your OER; and Sources of OERs” - Jason Jenkins, UND Special Affiliate, Office of General Counsel; plus representatives from the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies and the Chester Fritz Library – This panel of experts will provide assistance on a variety of fronts.  Jason Jenkins is an attorney well-versed in copyright, intellectual property, and related issues.  He’s helped faculty with their questions related to copyright and Open Educational Resources, by providing consultations, assisting with training, and speaking at a statewide OERs Summit in 2016.  Jason will provide information and answer questions related to copyright, Creative Commons and other licensing options, and more.  Representatives from the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies and the Chester Fritz Library will showcase tools you can use to help adapt OERs and build supplementary materials as needed, and representatives from the Chester Fritz Library will help you to find sources of good, reliable OERs from well-respected institutions.

12:15 pm – Lunch Break – Join us for pizza!

1:00 pm – “Open Educational Resources in Atmospheric Sciences:  Interactive, Free, and Fun” – Profs. Fred Remer & Aaron Kennedy (Atmospheric Sciences) –Drs. Remer and Kennedy have been using Open Educational Resources in their classrooms for over a year, and incorporating freely available, extensive government maps and other resources, many of which are interactive and exciting, and allow students to have “real life” experiences while completing their coursework.

1:45 pm – “Open Calculus – Textbooks and More” - Drs. Tim Prescott, Michelle Iiams, & Richard Millspaugh (Mathematics) – Many students find Calculus to be a ‘barrier’ course - one they may find challenging, but which they urgently need as a foundation for further study.  Many people have also said “How much does introductory calculus change?” Meanwhile, textbook publishers have frequent new editions, often costing over $300 – a significant expense for many students!  But textbook publishers often offer supplementary materials that faculty and students find useful – tutorials, problem sets, etc.  How can this be reconciled?  Come hear from 3 UND Mathematics faculty who’ve been creating solutions – to the delight of their students!

2:30 pm – “Why OERs? The Importance of OERs and How to Increase Support” - Brandon Beyer (President of Student Government) – Brandon Beyer, President of UND Student Government, will wrap up our day by speaking about the importance of OERs to students, the impact OERs can have on students, and how he increased support for OERs at UND.


The North Dakota University System and University of North Dakota would like to invite you to attend the Open Education Resources (OER) Summit on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the UND School of Medicine Auditorium.

The OER Summit will provide you with the tools to start campus OER projects, access to open education resources/services, and adopt open textbooks.   The summit will begin with a welcome from UND Provost Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo and NDUS Director of Distance Education Dr. Tanya Spilovoy followed by keynote presenter Nicole Allen.

Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work on the issue area of Open Education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus. For her complete bio visit

Link to UND presentation

Link to all Nicole Allen's OER presentations. 




Open Education Resources (OER) Seminar, June 20th to June 24th, 2016

Sponsored by: Open Education Resources Committee, Office of the Provost/VPAA, NDUS OER Initiative, Chester Fritz Library, and Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies

Congratulations to four UND faculty members who received a stipend to adopt open education resources for their Fall 2016 classes:

  1. Virginia Clinton,  Ph.D.Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 111
  2. Dana Harsell, Ph.D.State and Local Government, POLS 116
  3. Elizabeth Legerski, Ph.D., Introduction to Sociology, SOC 110
  4. Fred Remer, M.S., Aviation Meteorology, ATSC 231

Congratulations to these four UND faculty and thank you for your dedication to low-cost, open education resources!




Open Education Resource Forum
January 28, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
River Valley Room, Memorial Union
University of North Dakota
University Senate is a co-sponsor
Free and open to all

Guest Speakers

Dave Ernst
Chief Information Officer
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
Free and open to all