SPARC Projects

Connect OER

Open Education

Connecticut College

New London, CT, United States
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Type: Private 4-Year
Annual Enrollment: 1,900


OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Connecticut College is a small, private institution in New London, Connecticut with approximately 1,800 undergraduates. The current comprehensive fee is $69,970. The growing cost of college and students' inability to cover the full cost of tuition was a motivating factor in establishing an OER program at the College. Financial aid spending has increased 3.4 percent at Connecticut College since 2017.The College has funded 3 years of OER grants in order to increase OER course adoptions and encourage faculty to create open learning materials for students to be shared broadly across higher education institutions.

The OER Grant program provides financial assistance and incentive for faculty to adopt OER materials. An OER Grant is available to all teaching faculty (full-time, part-time, lecturer, and visiting) at Connecticut College. Individuals, teams, Pathways, and departments/programs are encouraged to work together for a unified adoption of OER. Faculty may only receive one grant per course.

Grant recipients ​must make resources ​available​ ​to​ ​a​ ​wider​ ​audience​ ​for​ ​several​ ​years​ ​(i.e.,​ ​not a​ ​one-off,​ ​semester​ ​project). Participants are expected to emerge as leaders and mentors in the use of OER. Projects will be highlighted on the ​Open Educational Resources Program​ ​page​ ​of​ ​the College​ ​web​site. In addition, recipients will will​ ​present​ ​their​ ​work​ ​at​ ​a Connecticut College event and will​ ​contribute​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​blog​ ​post​ ​per​ ​semester​ ​related​ ​to​ ​their​ ​project for​ ​the​ ​​Engage:​ ​Teaching​ ​with​ ​Technology​ ​at Connecticut​ ​College​​ blog.

Research and technical support will be provided by Information Services to all grant recipients to ensure the successful creation and adoption of OER resources. Recipients will participate in workshops that will cover relevant topics, such as searching for open access material, copyright basics, and integration of OER into Moodle.

Campus Details

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Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

Point of Contact

Ariela McCaffrey
Assistant Director of Research Support, Instruction and Outreach