Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. " ( 2012 Paris OER Declaration, UNESCO, Paris, June 20-22,2012)
Open Textbooks are a specific type of OER. They provide a free or low cost substitute for a traditional textbook.
For Instructors and Institutions:
The Colorado legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 17-258, which creates the Open Educational Resources Council. This statewide body is charged to develop a plan for digital repositories to benefit college and K-12 students throughout Colorado.
In 2017, the Colorado OER Council is conducting a state-wide survey to investigate the use of OER. To respond collectively, we are collecting information on Mines campus.
Learn more about OER and one of the first few campus-wide conversations on OER by watching the recorded events below.
Part I: Open Educational Resources: Reducing Cost, Expanding Access, Improving Quality
Presented by: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC