This year the DePaul University Library is collaborating with the Student Government Association (SGA) to celebrate the spirit of Open Education Week (OE Week 2022). OE Week was inaugurated by OE Global in 2012 to designate an annual time to honor and champion open education, open educational resources (OER), and open practices.
Our institution’s mission states that “Since its founding in 1898, DePaul University has remained dedicated to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities.”1 The University’s 2024 Strategic Plan further prioritized this commitment in Strategic Priority 4.
Expand access to a portfolio of high-quality, affordable academic programs that meet student, workforce, and societal needs. Within this priority, the relevant specific goal is 4.4: Improve affordability and increase the transparency and predictability of students’ educational cost which is supported by action F. to provide support for faculty to explore and experiment with ways to access more affordable course materials.2
Open educational resources and open education are tools and practices that DePaul faculty can adopt to collaboratively break down barriers to student success and achieve this strategic plan priority. The Library and SGA decided to address affordability and access challenges for students with daily library blog posts and a corresponding social media campaign during OE Week 2022. Please visit the library blog or follow us on the Library’s and SGA’s social media accounts through the hashtag #OEWeekDePaul to celebrate with us.
- DePaul University, Division of Mission & Ministry. (2020). DePaul University’s mission. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/3HFRqiL
- DePaul University, Office of the President. (2020). Expand access to a portfolio of high quality, affordable academic programs that meet student, workforce, and societal needs. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/374fPlx