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Open Education

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA, United States
Official Website @univpugetsound

Type: Private 4-Year
Annual Enrollment: 2,826


OER LibGuide


University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college with an enrolment of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 270 graduate students. The mission of the university is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence.

The university has not yet adopted a college-wide policy related to OER, but there have been notable open education efforts and successes nonetheless.

Most remarkable is the work of Prof. Rob Beezer from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Professor Beezer’s MathBook XML is an open source,lightweight XML application that allows authors to create a single source that can be outputted in a variety of formats including print, PDF, web, EPUB, Sage Notebooks, Jupyter Notebooks. Prof. Beezer is also the author of A First Course in Linear Algebra, a popular undergraduate open textbook published with a GNU Free Documentation License.

Faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences are also replacing traditionally published texts with OER texts.

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OER Events

Open Education Resources Conversation with Nicole Allen, SPARC Director of Open Education

Collins Memorial Library is hosted a discussion of Open Education Resources with Nicole Allen, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Director of Open Education. Allen is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for open education. Starting during her own days as a student at University of Puget Sound, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of college textbook costs and access to education into the public spotlight and to advance openness as a solution in both policy and practice. Allen’s career began in 2006 with the Student Public Interest Research Groups, where she worked with college students across the United States to organize numerous large-scale grassroots campaigns on college affordability and related issues. In 2013, Allen joined SPARC to develop and lead a new program on open education, which has since evolved into a national network of more than 100 academic librarians and a robust advocacy portfolio spanning state, national and international policy. She also continues to work with students through the Right to Research Coalition and as part of the organizing team for OpenCon. Topics will include potential benefits of Open Education Resources (OER), opportunities for library-faculty member collaboration in the realm of open education, and overcoming perceived barriers to OER adoption, but attendees are encouraged to bring whatever burning questions they have to the event.

Date: Oct. 7, 2016

Event Type:

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 25

Event Summary

Point of Contact

Benjamin Tucker
Liaison Librarian, Institutional Repository Coordinator