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Open Educational Resources (OER) are "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."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


OER include digital learning materials such as:

open textbooks | courses  | syllabi | lectures | assignments | quizzes | lab activities | games | simulations




April 12, 2017 - @ University of Colorado Boulder

Tackling the Textbook Crisis: The Role of Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

Presented by: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC


April 13, 2017 - @ Colorado School of Mines

Part I: Open Educational Resources: Reducing Cost, Expanding Access, Improving Quality
Presented by: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

Part II: Open Access: From Adoption to Evaluation 

Presented by: Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

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News & Updates

Fall 2018

Federal OER Grant: The LibreText Project is fortunate to accept a $5 million Open Textbooks Pilot Program award from the Department of Education funded by Congress in the 2018 Fiscal Year omnibus spending bill. 

Consider applying for the Colorado State Grant Program. Deadline extended November 14th, 2018.

Colorado OER Council continues in an advisory role to fulfill the recommendations generated by SB 17-285. Stay tuned for RFP for Colorado OER grant proposals.

$5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program (Federal). Show your support for renewal

Educause released the 2018 Horizon Report, listing OER as one of the key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education for the next three to five years.  

Spring 2018

State bill HB18-1331 Higher Education Open Educational Resources

Interim Dean of Libraries, Leslie Reynolds, charged with chairing a CU Boulder Open Educational Resources Advisory Committee.

Campus call for OER committee members


Fall 2017

Recent Babson report, 'Opening the Textbook: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017,' indicates positive growth in awareness, adoption and faculty interest in using OER. 

Report to the Joint Budget Committee and The Education Committees of the General Assembly Open Educational Resources in Colorado November 2017 released.

Be Boulder Pact announced by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

OpenStax invites biology, physics, math, and chemistry instructors to collaborate with other educators and subject experts to develop additional resources to use with OpenStax textbooks, April 5-6, 2018 in Houston, at OpenStax’s first Creator Fest.

Summer 2017

Information about the Open Educational Resources (OER) Council created by S.B. 258 is now available online.

Spring 2017

Colorado has passed S.B. 258, a bill which is set to create an OER Council the in the Department of Higher Education. The Department will evaluate the existing use of OER by public institutions of higher education and consider the options for and obstacles to increasing the use of OER.