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.”

Why OER at UCCS?

Faculty who initially participated in the Open CU Initiative share their reasons for why they chose to implement OER in their courses.

Federal Open Textbook Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education is offering grants for multiple institutions to propose collaborative, large-scale OER projects through the Open Textbook Pilot Program. The call for proposals is expected to come out late this spring, with applications due in summer.

Get a head start preparing an application for this program with Angie Dodson, Faculty Development Coordinator, and Susan Vandagriff, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Assistant Professor, in hyflex sessions designed to follow step-by-step grant-application preparation and writing process. Email Susan Vandagriff or Angie Dodson for more information or register for the hyflex sessions.

  • Open Textbook Initiative Introductory Session – Tuesday, January 31, 3:00-4:00 pm – Initiative Overview and Preliminary Information
    Session Recording
  • Open Textbook Initiative Development Session Part 1 – During OER Week, March 6-10, (day and time TBD) – Articulate subject-area gaps and identify proposal partners.
    Registration information coming soon.
  • Open Textbook Initiative Development Session Part 2 – Tuesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00 pm – Partner Meet Up and Vision Casting
  • Open Textbook Initiative Application Completion Session – Tuesday, June 6, 3:00-4:00 pm

2022–2023 CDHE OER Grant

UCCS received funding for a fourth and fifth year from the Colorado Department of Higher Education for a multi-campus proposal, "Open CU: Expanding a Successful Multiyear OER Initiative".

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 aimed at the incorporation or creation of OER materials with this focus

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
    5 faculty members will 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
    4 faculty members will 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
    3 faculty members will earn the OER Redistributor badge plus a $1,000 stipend for adapting/creating OER, licensing the created OER, implementing the OER into a course, and evaluating its effectiveness.
  • Full OER SUCCESS Program
    2 faculty members will earn the OER Re-user, Remixer, and Redistributor badges and a $2,000 stipend for completing the entire OER SUCCESS Program and adopting or adapting/creating OER for a course.

Each OER adopter and creator is also asked to participate in a yearly panel discussion at either the UCCS Teaching & Learning Conference in January or in GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) Exchanges throughout the academic year to encourage others through their example.


2021-2022 CDHE OER Grant
2020-2021 CDHE OER Grant
2019-2020 CDHE OER Grant

OER Resources

UCCS OER Council

  • Chair: Susan Vandagriff [interim]
  • Faculty Representative: Raphael Sassower
  • Librarian: Empty at Present
  • Instructional Designer: Angie Dodson
  • OIT: Harper Johnson
  • Accessibility: Leyna Bencomo
  • Bookstore: Empty at Present
  • Faculty Resource Center: Dave Anderson
  • Extended Studies: Empty at Present
  • Compass Curriculum: Phillip Haisley
  • Legal: Tia Luber
  • Writing Across the Curriculum: Kacey Ross
  • Academic Affairs/Undergraduate Education: Susan Taylor
  • Undergraduate Student: Empty at Present
  • Graduate Student: Empty at Present

Last updated January 21, 2023
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