The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the Colorado School of Mines with funding to develop a local institutional OER incentive program, called Open Mines. 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 Open Mines program has funded 20 OER projects on campus, saving students approximately $476,000 annually in required and supplemental textbook and course material costs.
The Mines OER Steering Committee will assist awardees by providing the following support:
The OER Steering Committee looks forward to reducing the costs of higher education for Mines students and contributing to open pedagogy.
Spearheaded by the Library, Mines was awarded an institutional-level grant to develop a mini-grant program, Open Mines, that would incentivize faculty on campus to use OER in their courses, as well as support workshops and other outreach efforts. The mini-grant program funded faculty at three award levels: up to$500 for adopting an OER in a course, up to $2,000 for adapting an existing OER, and up to $5,000 for creating a new OER.
Award level 1
Award level 2
Award level 3