Open Educational Resources

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.”

New to OER? Watch this (~30 minute) Video

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:


2019–2020 CDHE OER Grant

UCCS 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.

  • 30 faculty members each received $250 stipends for completing the OER Jumpstart self-paced tutorial to gain awareness of, search for, and evaluate OER
  • 13 faculty members will receive $1,000 stipends to adopt OER in their courses, engage in course redesign, evaluate the effectiveness of their OER pilots, and share their evaluations
    • OER were adopted in 16 courses over the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters
    • Over 1,000 students are enrolled in these courses
    • Those students realized over $100,000 in savings as a result of using OER

2020–2021 CDHE OER Grant

UCCS will again participate in a multi-campus proposal to fund a second year of the grant program. More details to follow...

OER Resources

UCCS OER Council

  • Martin Garnar (Chair), Dean of the Kraemer Family Library
  • Susan Taylor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning
  • David Moon, Director of the Compass Curriculum
  • Harper Johnson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • David Anderson, Director of the Faculty Resource Center
  • Sally Greene, Bookstore Book Division Manager
  • Angela Dodson, Instructional Designer
  • Leyna Bencomo, Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Susan Vandagriff, Instruction Librarian
  • Michelle Neely, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Raphael Sassower, Faculty Representative
  • Stephanie Moyer, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Carlie Snethen, Graduate Student Representative
  • Tia Luber, Assistant Counsel

How to Search for Open Educational Resources Infographic

Last updated January 12, 2020
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