Skip to main content

Open Educational Resources: Open Mines

An introduction to open educational resources (OER).

Call for proposals

The Arthur Lakes Library is soliciting proposals for grants designed to expand Zero Textbook Courses (ZTC) on campus through Open Educational Resources (OER) and Library resources. OER are freely-accessible materials, such as open textbooks, modules, or homework materials. They are licensed to be shared, used, and modified, as long as proper credit is given.  

OER is directly in line with the goals and plan of Mines @ 150, which includes expanding offerings, diversifying delivery, and providing curricula that are financially accessible. OER makes higher education more accessible and equitable.

Through this grant, the Library is awarding faculty up to $400 available for faculty to use OER and Library resources to develop “Zero Textbook Cost” courses


The Mines OER Steering Committee will be hosting two virtual information sessions to review the grant, discuss methods for going ZTC, and address any questions. Please register for session in advance to receive Zoom information: Wednesday, July 1 at 10am & Tuesday, July 7 at 2pm. 

Do not hesitate to reach out to Emily Bongiovanni ( with any questions about this grant program or OER in general.  

Applications are due by email to on July 20, 2020.

Purpose and process

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the Colorado School of Mines with funding to develop a local institutional OER incentive program.  There are both pragmatic and principled benefits of OER, including lowering the costs of higher education for our students, increasing the accessibility to higher education, increasing the visibility of work, and allowing coursework to be tailored to the Mines curriculum.  

The Mines OER Steering Committee will assist awardees by providing the following support: 

  • Identifying and recommending high quality OER based on individual course needs 
  • Consulting on copyright and licensing issues related to OER 
  • Providing baseline technical support for adapting and creating OER
  • Connecting grant recipients to external expertise in this area 
  • Facilitating dissemination of OER adapted and/or created at Mines 
  • Assessing the effectiveness and impact of OER implementation  

The OER Steering Committee looks forward to reducing the costs of higher education for Mines students and contributing to open pedagogy. 


Emily Bongiovanni's picture
Emily Bongiovanni