Open Educational Resources

OER

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 Video (~30 minutes)

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:


2021–2022 CDHE OER Grant

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

The CDHE OER Grant offers three levels applicants can chose from based on OER knowledge and experience that enable participants to begin and then expand OER implementation as follows:

  • Awareness and Review
    Faculty members earn the OER Reuser badge and a $250 stipend 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 while planning for implementation
  • Educator Adoption/Redesign
    Faculty members earn the OER Remixer badge and 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, evaluating its effectiveness, and publishing it in an open venue

Eligibility

Anyone who will be teaching a course meeting any one of the following targeted course types in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 terms at UCCS. This includes full-time, part-time, honoraria, and faculty with special appointments.

Target Courses

  • High enrollment
  • High DFW rate
  • High textbook cost
  • Concurrent enrollment courses for high school students
  • Courses with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or Social Justice themes, and courses interested in incorporating or creating OER materials with this focus

To apply, complete the Expanding a Successful and Sustainable OER Initiative application form by May 15th.


2020–2021 CDHE OER Grant

UCCS 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
      3 faculty members earned the OER Reuser badge and a $250 stipend 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
      8 faculty members earned the OER Remixer badge and 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
      4 faculty members earned 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
  • Outcomes
    • OER were adopted in 15 courses over the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters
    • Over 1,000 students were enrolled in these courses
    • Those students realized nearly $120,000 in savings as a result of using 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, 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 were enrolled in these courses
    • Those students realized over $44,000 in savings as a result of using OER

OER Resources

UCCS OER Council

  • Susan Vandagriff, Instruction Librarian, 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
  • Raphael Sassower, Faculty Representative
  • Stephanie Moyer, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Carlie Snethen, Graduate Student Representative
  • Tia Luber, Assistant Counsel

Last updated March 13, 2021
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