Issue #1 [October 2018]


OEP DIGEST AUSTRALASIAN EDITION – 2018 Open Access Week Special Edition

Welcome to the first OEP Digest, published by the Australasian Open Education Practice Special Interest Group, sponsored by ASCILITE.  Each monthly edition brings you up-to-date on open news, events, opportunities, and research. 

We have repurposed the idea from the US OER Digest, so it’s only fair that we start the Digest with a word from them via the OpenEd18 Conference.


OER Digest (#OpenEd18 Edition) – YouTube

This special edition of the OER Digest was filmed at the 2018 Open Education Conference, in Niagara Falls, NY. This video features updates from various organizations represented at the conference …

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The OEP SIG is running two events this year, designed to contribute to a growing body of knowledge, and to profile Australasian practice.  If you have even ten minutes pare this week, visit the activities page to see how you can help!


Open Education Licensing Toolkit

The OEL Toolkit was developed in 2016 by Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Tasmania with funding from the Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching. It is an decision-tree web application designed support the use, creation, modifying or sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Australian higher education sector. It does this by linking users to information about copyright and licensing of OER based on their responses to a series of questions about their context and intended use of OER. The toolkit was designed with a focus on ease of use and provides users with a customised guidance summary to assist with the creation and use of OER.

[featured in the last SIG meeting by Robin Wright, Manager, Acquisitions, Records and Copyright, Swinburne University]

Open Oregon Educational Resources

An openly licenced OER FAQ has been released via Open Oregon.  This could be an excellent starting point, or reference tool for any practitioner involved in supporting OER at their institution.



  • u!magine Series

Charles Sturt University has hosted a series on open education with the latest event occurring during Open Access Week.  Julie Lindsay (Open Pathways Design Leader) reported on these at the last meeting, and they have been very well attended.

  • Open Education Leadership Program

Nicole Allen (Director, Open Education, SPARC) has launched the Open Education Leadership Program and it is gaining traction throughout the US.  As an OER, the full curriculum is openly licenced, and discussions have started regarding an Australasian version of the Program.  If you’re interested in contributing, please contact


  • November 28 is World Access to Higher Education Day.  The SIG will be hosting breakfast at the ASCILITE Conference (Deakin University) so stay tuned for more information.  Some Australian universities – such as the University of Southern Queensland – will be hosting events open to the broader public, and livestream events.
  • During OA Week, RMIT and Latrobe will host Open Textbook events, but these appear to be on-campus only.  If an online version exists, please do let me know.
  • ResearchBites: making open access publishing work for you (online event from USQ) is offered to anyone considering OA publishing, or for those who want to enhance their existing OA work.


  • 25th October (1.00-2.00pm AEDT) reveals the Open educational resources librarians’ network (OERLN) via a webinar hosted at RMIT.  Librarians are key stakeholders in implementing, curating, and educating for open practice, so it is great to see this network forming.
  • November 8th (11.00-12.00 AEDT). During the OERu International Partners meeting, the session Opening doors to higher education isn’t enough: the deeper challenges of OER will be livestreamed.  Session details, and the international panel, can be found here.
  • November 13th (11.00-12.00 AEST),  USQ will host the seminar: How do we collect and present evidence for the impact of openness? By Nicole Allen (on-campus and online). Contact Adrian Stagg to book your place online.
  • November 14th (11.00-12.00 AEST), USQ will livestream the event Introduction to open pedagogy from Dr Rajiv Jhangiani (on-campus and online).  Contact Adrian Stagg to book your place online.
  • November 16th (2.30-4.00pm AEST) QULOC and QUT host Open education practice and resources with Dr Rajiv Jhangiani (on-campus and online).


Do you have a story, event, resource, or research that should be shared with the Australasian OEP community?  Email it to Adrian for inclusion in the next OEP Digest.