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Open Educational Resources

An introduction to open educational resources (OER).

Call for proposals

The Arthur Lakes Library is soliciting proposals for grants designed to expand OER and Zero Textbook Courses (ZTC) on campus. 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.


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 informationApril 15 at 12pm & April 21 at 12pm.

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 April 30, 2021.

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, 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: 

  • 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. 

Award levels

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

  • Select and adopt an existing OER 
  • Up to $500

Award level 2

  • Adapt (adopt and modify) an existing OER  
  • Up to $2,000 

Award level 3

  • Create an original OER  
  • Up to $5,000 


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