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Open Education

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN, United States
Official Website @umnews

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 51,147

  SPARC Member  


A wide range of campus units have been involved in efforts to promote the utilization of OER and other affordable course content at the University of Minnesota. The University Libraries eLearning Support Initiative and Publishing Services promotes the use of OER and publishes openly licensed textbooks. Many of these projects originated through the Libraries Partnership for Affordable Content grant program. As a member of Unizin, the Libraries also partner with other member institutions to create a sustainable, multi-institution program.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) established the Open Textbook Library (OTL) in order to facilitate access to vetted and reviewed texts. The OTL is used worldwide as a gateway to quality openly licensed textbooks. CEHD also established the Open Textbook Network to encourage the adoption and creation of open textbooks through a group of member institutions.

Campus Details

Campus Entities Most Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

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OER Programs

Partnership for Affordable Content Grant program

A competitive grant for faculty and instructors to work with library staff to implement affordable high quality content options in their courses as an alternative to high cost commercial textbooks and other expensive course materials.

Program Type:

Duration: 03/2015 - Present

Program Webpage:

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

Primary OER Strategy: OER Publication

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Adoption, OER Awareness, OER Curation

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Funding from Library Departments:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 95,000

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 2,350,000

Incentives Offered by the Program:

Conditions: Recipients are encouraged to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 95,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 77

Typical amount of each grant: $ 1,250

OER Resources

Open Textbook Library

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

Point of Contact

Kristi Jensen
Program Development Lead, eLearning Support Initiative