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Open Education

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Official Website @uccs

Type: Public 4-Year
Annual Enrollment: 11,761


OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Open CU will have a positive impact on thousands of students in financial savings and will increase the quality of student learning experiences. This initiative represents the University of Colorado’s commitment to reducing barriers to OER adoption across our campuses by demonstrating institutional support; providing learning and educational opportunities to educators to enhance OER skill and knowledge; sharing expertise and tools for successful identification, evaluation and adoption of OER; and offering incentives for educator time and effort.

Campus Details

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Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

OER Programs

Open CU

The Open CU team, which includes representatives from all four campuses and the system office, was awarded $60,000 from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, with matching grants from the university. At UCCS, stipends of $250 and $1,000 will be available to faculty members who participate in workshops, review OER for their courses, and/or engage in course redesign efforts to take advantage of the benefits of OER. The first round of stipends has been awarded to 30 participants for completing a workshop series and the second round of 10-12 participants will be selected for OER adoption grants.

Program Type:

Duration: 03/2019 - Present

Program Webpage:

Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Adoption, OER Pedagogy, OER Review/Assessment

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 28,000

Incentives Offered by the Program:

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 7,500

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 30

Typical amount of each grant: $ 250

Point of Contact

Susan Vandagriff
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Kraemer Familty Library