Open Educational Resources in Connecticut
What are OER?
An Open Educational Resource (OER) is
a "teaching, learning, or research resource that is offered freely to
users in at least one form and that either resides in the public domain
or has been released under an open copyright license that allows for its
free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with attribution." OER
is often available in digital media collections from around the world,
including full courses, lectures, quizzes, classroom activities,
pedagogical materials and many other assets.
Statewide OER Council
Effective July 1, 2019, Public Act Number 19-117
established the Open Educational Resources Council. This statewide
body is charged to develop a plan for resources to benefit college
students throughout Connecticut.
Read the legislation
The CT OER Coordinating Council Membership
Robin Avant, Housatonic Community College
Zach Claybaugh, University of Connecticut
Kevin Corcoran, Connecticut State Colleges &
Paula Dowd, Goodwin University
David Ferreira, Charter Oak State College
Andre Freeman, Charter Oak State College
Elizabeth Johnson, Post University
Aura Lippincott, Western Connecticut State
Ariela McCaffrey, Connecticut College
Kristi Newgarden, Charter Oak State College
Eileen Rhodes, Capital Community College
Manohar Singh, Southern Connecticut State
Lauren Slingluff, University of Connecticut
Brian Sommers, Central Connecticut State
Sasha Teplyaev, University of Connecticut
Maya Vanderberg, Eastern Connecticut State
Bob Wyckoff, Housatonic Community College
The council would like to thank Shirley Adams,
Charter Oak State College; Kate Fuller, University of Connecticut;
Sharale Mathis, Middlesex Community College; Elena Ruiz, Eastern
Connecticut State University; and Danielle Wilken, Goodwin University for their past service on the
The OER Council is pleased to announce a call for
applications to the
CT OER Grant Program to strategically support
Connecticut higher education institutions' efforts to increase access,
affordability, and achievement for students through the incorporation of
open educational resources (OER). This grant program will focus on
OER opportunities in "high impact" areas - courses with high enrollment
and high textbook costs for which high-quality OER already exists.
Completed applications are due by February 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
The Call for Applications is now open!
The CT OER Coordinating Council is excited to
announce the return of the CT OER Summit, a four-day
virtual event for new and experienced OER users. The Summit
provides faculty and departmental leadership in Connecticut higher
education the opportunity to learn effective practices in OER
implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research. This
virtual event will be held during March 1st - 4th, 2022 and will focus
on OER and issues of equity and opportunity.
Registration is now open!
Sec. 147. (NEW) (Effective July 1,
(a) For the purposes of
(1) "Open educational resource"
means a college level resource made available on an Internet web site to
be used by students, faculty and members of the public on an unlimited
basis at a cost lower than the market value of the printed textbook or
other educational resource, including full courses, course materials,
modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software and other similar
teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public
domain or have been released under a creative commons attribution
license that permits the free use and repurposing of such resources;
(2) "Creative commons
attribution license" means a copyright crediting the author of a digital
work product that allows for the free use and distribution of such work
(3) "High-impact course" means a course of
instruction for which open educational resources would make a
significant positive financial impact on the students taking the course
due to the number of students taking the course or the market value of
the printed textbook or other educational resources required for such
(b) There is established the
Connecticut Open Educational Resource Coordinating Council, which shall
be part of the Executive Department. The executive director of the
Office of Higher Education shall appoint the members of the council
which shall consist of the following:
(1) A state-wide coordinator, who shall
collaborate with all institutions of higher education to promote open
educational resources and administer grants;
(2) one faculty member, one administrator and
one staff member from The University of Connecticut;
(3) one faculty member, one administrator and
one staff member from the regional community-technical college system;
(4) one faculty member, one administrator and
one staff member from Charter Oak State College;
(5) one faculty member, one administrator and
one staff member from the Connecticut State University System;
(6) one faculty member, one administrator and
one staff member from the independent institutions of higher education;
(7) one student from any public or independent
institution of higher education in the state.
All initial appointments to the council
shall be made not later than September 1, 2019, and shall expire on
August 30, 2022, regardless of when the initial appointment was made.
Any member of the council may serve more than one term.
(c) The state-wide coordinator
appointed by the executive director of the Office of Higher Education
shall serve as the chairperson of the council. The chairperson shall
schedule the first meeting of the council, which shall be held not later
than October 1, 2019. The administrative staff of the Office of Higher
Education shall serve as administrative staff of the council.
(d) Appointed members of the council
shall serve for three-year terms which shall commence on the date of
appointment, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
Members shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed.
Any vacancy shall be filled by the executive director of the Office of
Higher Education. Any vacancy occurring other than by expiration of term
shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term. A majority of the
council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.
The members of the council shall serve without compensation, but shall,
within the limits of available funds, be reimbursed for expenses
necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.
(e) The council shall perform the
(1) Identify high-impact courses for which open
educational resources will be developed, converted or adopted;
(2) Establish a program of competitive grants
for faculty members of institutions of higher education in the state for
the development, conversion or adoption of open educational resources
for high-impact courses with any funds identified by the council and
within available appropriations;
(3) Accept, review and approve competitive
grant applications, provided any faculty member who is approved for a
competitive grant shall license such open educational resources through
a creative commons attribution license;
(4) Administer a standardized review and
approval process for the development, conversion or adoption of open
educational resources; and
(5) Promote strategies for the production, use
and access of open educational resources.
(f) The council shall meet quarterly,
or as often as deemed necessary by a majority of the council.
(g) Not later than January 1, 2021, and
annually thereafter, the council shall submit a report, in accordance
with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the
joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of
matters relating to higher education regarding:
(1) the number and percentage of high-impact
courses for which open educational resources have been developed,
(2) the degree to which institutions of higher
education promote the use and access to open educational resources,
(3) the amount of grants awarded by the council
and the number of open educational resources developed by grant
(4) its recommendations
for any amendments to the general statutes necessary to develop open