open-edOpen Education Resources

Any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning or research … such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content – Educause.



OATER Task Force. (2016, September 21). An action plan for building a statewide infrastructure to support OER in Florida’s public institutions of higher education. Retrieved from

The report identifies recommendations for how the state of Florida could build partnerships and a statewide infrastructure to support the use of OER. There are three parts to the report:

1) Review of national and international OER projects and organizations, with recommendations drawn from these sources.
2) Recommendations for Florida Virtual Campus on establishing a statewide OER support infrastructure.
3) Results of the statewide survey of librarians, instructional design staff, and teaching faculty, and suggestions on additional steps to move forward based upon those results.

Wexler, E. (2015, October 29). Campus tech leaders report more support for free educational materials. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

An overview of the results from the 2015 Campus Computing Survey reveals institutional support for open educational resources is on the rise and is predicted to gain even more support over the next several years. The current priority for IT leaders is integrating information technology and teaching.

Ernst, D. (2015). The open textbook network: Collectively helping institutions and faculty overcome barriers to adoption of open textbooks. Presentation at the annual Open Education Global Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Abstract retrieved from:

An abstract from David Ernst’s presentation about University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN), which supports member institutions with OER initiatives. Participating institutions receive access to training, a shared OER repository and impact analytics.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.

A collaborative venture by individual community colleges, regional consortia, the American Association for Community Colleges and other partners to create awareness of OER and promote the creation, repurposing and sharing of OER to improve teaching and make education more accessible. Includes scheduled and archived training webinars, resources for discovering OER and a kit for promoting OER on campus.