Open Educational Resources


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:


2020–2021 CDHE OER Grant

UCCS has received funding for a second year from the Colorado Department of Higher Education for a multi-campus proposal, "Open CU: Expanding a Successful OER Initiative", to continue promoting the awareness, review, evaluation, and adoption of OER, and further to promote the adaptation and creation of OER.

  • Target Courses
    • High enrollment
    • High DFW rate
    • High textbook cost
    • Concurrent enrollment courses for high school students
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) SUCCESS Program
    The OER initiative is an inclusive part of the OER SUCCESS program. Each section of the OER initiative is incorporated into one or more of the three levels or courses the OER SUCCESS program offers and includes:
    • Awareness and Review
      Faculty members earn the OER Reuser badge for completing the first section of the OER SUCCESS Part 1 course, a self-paced tutorial to gain awareness of, search for, and evaluate OER.
    • Educator Adoption/Redesign
      Faculty members earn the OER Remixer badge plus a $1,000 stipend for adopting OER in their courses, engaging in course redesign, evaluating the effectiveness of their OER pilots, and sharing their evaluation results.
    • Adaptation and Creation
      Faculty members earn the OER Redistributor badge plus a $2,000 stipend for adapting/creating OER, licensing the created OER, implementing the OER into a course, and evaluating its effectiveness.
  • Eligibility
    Anyone who will be teaching a course meeting any one of the targeted course types in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 terms at UCCS. This includes full-time, part-time, and honoraria faculty, and faculty with special appointments.

Apply by May 15, 2020

All sections of the OER initiative are scheduled to begin June 1, 2020.

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, 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
  • 9 faculty members each received $1,000 stipends for adopting OER in their courses, engaging in course redesign, evaluating the effectiveness of their OER pilots, and sharing their evaluations
    • OER were adopted in 13 sections over the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters
    • Over 430 students are enrolled in these courses
    • Those students realized over $44,000 in savings as a result of using OER

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


Last updated April 16, 2020
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