Open Education Task Force

The Open Education Task Force explores opportunities for open education and open educational resources (OER) at Seattle University, identifies actions to support those opportunities, and advocates for open education on campus.

Textbooks and other course materials represent significant out-of-pocket expenses for Seattle University students. Open education, which encompasses resources, tools, and practices that are free of legal, financial, and technical barriers, seeks to disrupt the traditional textbook environment in order to reduce these costs, improve equity in education, and better support students and faculty.

As a Reigniting Strategic Directions working group, the Open Education Task Force activities support Goal One: Reimagine and Revise the Curriculum. The Task Force’s ongoing work focuses on education, advocacy, and supporting faculty who choose to investigate and select open educational resources for their classes.


What is Open Education?


The Open Education Task Force considers open education to include “resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment,” and defines open educational resources ("OERs") as teaching and learning materials shared with licenses that permit them to be freely reused and repurposed by others (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Interested in learning more about open education?  These resources provide additional information on what open education is and how it can increase equity and enhance the educational experiences of both students and faculty.

If you are interested in reading more about open education:

If you would like to begin finding open educational materials, here are some places to begin:


 Seattle University’s Membership in the Open Education Network


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Seattle University is a member of the Open Education Network, an alliance of more than 1750 colleges and universities working together to make education more equitable, affordable, and accessible through the use of open textbooks. This membership is facilitated for Seattle University through Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons’ participation in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

As a member of the Open Education Network, Seattle University has access to programmatic, financial, and collective benefits to build sustainable open educational practices. The University’s participation in the OEN will connect us to a community of practice of others working to support open education, and collectively support openly available programming and resources for all to use.


Task Force Composition:


Executive Sponsor: Provost Shane Martin

  • Lydia Bello, Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons (Co-Chair) 
  • Kyle Brown, Seattle University Law Library (Co-Chair) 
  • Kathryn Bollich-Ziegler, College of Arts & Sciences 
  • Heather Brown, College of Science & Engineering 
  • Luke Ware, Center for Digital Learning & Innovation


The co-chairs of the Open Education Task Force welcome any questions about open education!

Lydia Bello:

Kyle Brown: