SPARC Projects

Open Education Leadership Program

Open Education

Empowering Libraries to Lead the Way on Open Education

Over the last five years, interest and momentum around Open Education has grown exponentially among academic and research libraries, with many libraries moving to the forefront of advancing this issue on campus. Driven by this growth, there has been increasing demand for professional development opportunities on OER and Open Education, particularly around advocacy and leadership skills to advance initiatives in this area. SPARC will soon be rolling out a new effort to help meet this demand.

The SPARC Open Education Leadership Program is a professional development initiative aimed at building expertise and capacity to advance OER and Open Education in libraries. Run over two semesters, the program is designed to equip a cohort of fellows with foundational knowledge about Open Education, coupled with the practical know-how and leadership skills to effectively advance initiatives on campus. The program consists of an 8-week intensive online course in the fall semester and a mentored capstone project in the spring. In keeping with SPARC’s commitment to setting the default to open, all course content and curricular resources developed for the program will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

A full public announcement is forthcoming early this fall. In the mean time, we have published our Concept Note.

Opportunity to Join the 2017-2018 Pilot

SPARC is currently accepting requests from SPARC member libraries to join a pilot of the Open Education Leadership program this fall. The pilot cohort of 10-12 fellows will participate both as students and creators of the program, helping to evaluate and improve the curriculum along the way. Fellows who successfully complete the pilot will receive a certificate and the title of SPARC Open Educational Leadership Fellow, and will be credited as contributors to the program’s development. After evaluating the pilot, SPARC will aim to roll out the Open Education Leadership Program fully in the fall of 2018.

Requests to join the pilot should be directed to Nicole Allen at by September 6th. Candidates will be asked to fill out a short form, and the pilot cohort will be selected by September 8th in consultation with the SPARC Open Education Advisory Group. Please note the pilot is open to library professionals from SPARC member libraries only.

More Information

We will keep this page updated throughout the fall with the latest information about the pilot. Questions should be directed to SPARC’s Director of Open Education Nicole Allen.

Our social media hashtag for the program is #LeadOER.


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