Open for Student Success Symposium

Hosted by Georgia State University Library

About the Symposium


In celebration of Open Education Week, this free online event offers attendees an opportunity to learn from professionals working with open educational resources (OER) in higher education. OER are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, as declared by UNESCO. This practice of sharing makes OER powerful tools for supporting educational affordability, access, representation, and student graduation rates.  

The mission of the Open for Student Success Symposium is to gather innovators who are implementing and studying the use of OER in higher education, to produce an annual collection of OER recordings and ancillary materials that advance the landscape of open knowledge, scholarship, and education. 

The Open for Student Success Symposium's scope includes everything relating to:

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are useful resources that are free to access openly online ​AND ALSO may be free to​
  • ​Retain – make and keep a copy​
  • Revise – modify as desired​
  • Remix – combine with other material (existing or original)​
  • Reuse – use any version publicly​
  • Redistribute – share copies with others​

​While following the rules of the resource’s license

-D. Wiley

Why OER?

OER Recommendations by UNESCO

On Open Education


The call for proposals for the 2025 Open for Student Success Symposium is now open! Learn more here:

Open Education Week

An annual celebration, Open Education Week (OE Week) is an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.

Open Education Week was launched in 2012 by Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum. Every year OE Week raises awareness and highlights innovative open education successes worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators, and students with an opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

Open Count!

Are you using an openly accessible resource in your course? We want to hear about it! Please complete the short form, linked below.

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Questions? Comments?

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How it Got Started

Georgia State University was accepted as one of 50 schools to participate in the 2022-23 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program.This program provides a learning community, free coaching, and strategic planning to help schools advance initiatives toward open education.

Georgia State University Librarians Mary Ann Cullen and Charlene Martoni were appointed to represent the university during this year of professional development, networking, and collaboration. As a result of this experience, GSU Library hosted its inaugural Open for Student Success Symposium. The gathering produced a collection of educational recordings accessible to GSU students and faculty.

GSU Library was invited to participate in the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program again for the 2023-24 academic year to provide feedback and mentor new member institutions. This year, Librarians Charlene Martoni and Jason Puckett opened the invitation to participate in the Open for Student Student Success Symposium to all curious about OER in higher education. With permission from all presenters, GSU Library produced another collection of recordings that are open to all as OERs under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonComerical-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.