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Open Education

Miami University

Oxford, OH, United States
Official Website @miamiuniversity

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 18,620

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OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


In an effort to help promote awareness and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) within our campus community, Miami University has implemented the following initiatives:

Open Educational Resources & Affordability Committee—Led by our Associate Provost and one librarian, this committee is comprised of faculty and students and is charged with identifying ways in which to promote OER awareness and usage on campus.

OER Grant Program—This three-tiered grant program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Miami University Libraries and is designed to help support faculty who are interested in learning more about OER (Tier 1), adopting an OER for course instruction (Tier 2), or creating an OER to meet the needs of their course curriculum (Tier 3). Visit this website for more information:

Workshops and educational programming—Throughout the year workshops and other educational programming is offered to members of the campus community to help raise awareness of OER and textbook affordability issues.

A LibGuide on OER was developed to provide quality additional information about OER online:

During the 2014-2015 academic year, two Miami University Librarians co-­‐facilitated a faculty learning community (FLC) on OER. A white paper published by the group explores “Open Educational Resources and their Implementation At Miami University”

In 2016, Miami University joined the Open Textbook Network to help support the growth and development of OER initiatives on and international level. The OhioLINK consortium, of which Miami University is a member of, has also joined the Open Textbook Network.

In 2017, the OER Committee revised several of their grant programs to better support the needs of Miami University faculty. This included the addition of two "affordability" initiatives, which aim to reduce or eliminate the cost of instructional materials by using library or, learning management system (Canvas) materials, and/or existing Open Educational Resources.

In 2018, the Associated Student Government (ASG) at Miami University in partnership with the Open Educational Resources & Affordability Committee established an annual award for a faculty member who goes above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating exemplary usage of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in their classrooms or takes an active role in the creation or dissemination of these open access materials. These awards seek to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing free academic resources and knowledge sharing in order to lessen the financial burden on students and overall cost of an receiving an education. More information about this award can be found here:

To-date, Miami University’s OER and affordable learning initiatives have saved students over $900,000.00.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Open and Affordable Education Leader Award

Selected in partnership with the Open Educational Resources/Affordability Committee and the Associated Student Government, this award is given annually to a continuing Miami faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, LCPL faculty, instructor) on any campus who demonstrates compelling and significant impact in areas related to affordable and open educational resources.

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Duration: 10/2017 - Present

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Pedagogy, OER Publication, OER Review/Assessment, OER Research

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OER Resources

Open Educational Resources and their Implementation at Miami University

A white paper submitted on 9/8/2015 by the members of the 2014 –2015 Faculty Learning Community Exploring Open Educational Resources at Miami University. Covers OER definition, best practices, benefits and evidence, OER as a strategy to meet 2020 goals, implementing an OER culture at Miami University, and a preliminary plan.

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Resource Citation:
Faculty Learning Community Exploring Open Educational Resources at Miami University. (2015). Open Educational Resources and their Implementation at Miami University. Oxford, OH: Waller et. al.

Point of Contact

Carla Myers
Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Miami University Libraries