The Hewlett Foundation defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as:
“…teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
The keynote presentation by Rajiv Jhangiani at the 2018 COLTT conference is an excellent introduction to the state of textbook costs and the opportunities for OER:
CDHE OER Grant
UCCS has received funding from the Colorado Department of Higher Education for a multi-campus proposal, "Open CU: Building a Sustainable OER Initiative Across the University of Colorado", to promote the awareness, review and evaluation, and adoption or adaptation of OER. That funding will provide:
- $250 stipends for 30 faculty members to review and evaluate OER and to share their evaluations broadly, including with state and national colleagues in their disciplines or fields of study.
- $1,000 stipends for 10 faculty members to adopt OER, engage in course redesign processes, evaluate the effectiveness of their OER pilots, and share evaluations of their OER pilots broadly, including with state and national colleagues in their disciplines or fields of study.
- Support for instructional design and accessibility consultation.
Watch for future announcements regarding the application process for these stipends and workshops to help faculty members find, evaluate, and adopt OER.
- CU system Libraries provide a wealth of resources for finding, evaluating, adopting, and creating OER:
Last updated March 22, 2019