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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Tennessee Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives


In the spring of 2020, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) started the Tennessee Textbook Affordability Task Force, a group of educators, librarians, and administrators from across the state who are dedicated to THEC's statewide movement to expand the development and use of open educational resources (OER). The task force maintains a listserv for sharing information and best practices on OER for all interested Tennessee university faculty and staff. Information can be found on their website. 

From March 1-5, 2021, the Task Force hosted the first Tennessee Open Education Week during which teams from East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State, and the University of Memphis presented their findings from student and faculty surveys, as well as recommendations for best OER practices in the college classroom. Below you will find the recording of the task force's presentation on the overlap between OER initiatives and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the college classroom.

Other recordings from the week can be found through the following link: TN Open Education Week Recordings