Open Educational Resources in Connecticut
What are OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are
freely available online teaching and learning materials accessible to
students, instructors and self-learners, contained in digital
media collections from around the world, including full courses,
lectures, quizzes, classroom activities, pedagogical materials and many
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 2019 OER Council Membership
Shirley Adams, Charter Oak State College
Zach Claybaugh, Sacred Heart University
Kevin Corcoran, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (Chair)
Ferreira, Northwestern Connecticut Community
Andre Freeman, Charter Oak State College
Kate Fuller, University of Connecticut
Elizabeth Johnson, Post University
Aura Lippincott, Western Connecticut State University
Kristi Newgarden, Charter Oak State College
Eileen Rhodes, Capital Community College
Elena Ruiz, Eastern Connecticut State University
Manohar Singh, Southern Connecticut State University
Lauren Slingluff, University of Connecticut
Brian Sommers, Central Connecticut State University
Sasha Teplyaev, University of Connecticut
Danielle Wilken, Goodwin College
Bob Wyckoff, Housatonic Community College
The OER Council will be accepting applications for
the Connecticut Open Education Resources grant program in 2020.
Please visit this website for updates as this program launches.
The OER Council is excited to announce the upcoming
CT OER Summit, a one-day event for curricular leaders, department
chairs, and program directors in high impact disciplines to explore the
benefits of OER, engage with OER providers, and learn about a new state
OER grant program. This event will be held on
February 28th, 2020 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm at Goodwin
University in East Hartford, CT.
Registration for curricular leaders is now
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