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 into their courses.

2022–2023 CDHE OER Grant

The Faculty Resource Center is accepting applications for participation in the first year of the "Open CU: Expanding a Successful Multiyear OER Initiative" CDHE OER Grant through May 27, 2021.

This two-year OER initiative offers four 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
    Qualifying participants 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
    Qualifying participants 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
    Qualifying participants earn the OER Redistributor badge plus a $1,000 to $5,000 stipend for adapting/creating OER, licensing the created OER, implementing the OER into a course, and evaluating its effectiveness. The stipend amount earned is dependent upon the scope of the OER adaptation/creation.
  • Full OER SUCCESS Program
    Qualifying participants earn the OER Re-user, Remixer, and Redistributor badges and a $2,000 to $4,000 stipend for completing the entire OER SUCCESS Program and adopting or adapting/creating OER for a course. The stipend amount earned is dependent on the scope of the OER project.

Each OER adopter and creator are 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.


Anyone who will be teaching a course meeting any one of the following targeted course types in the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 (AY 2023-2024 if applying for participation in the full OER SUCCESS Program) 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 aimed at the incorporation or creation of OER materials with this focus

To apply, complete the Expanding a Successful Multiyear OER Initiative by May 27, 2022.


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

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 May 4, 2022
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