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University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT, United States
Official Website @UofHartford

Type: Private 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 6,817


OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


The University of Hartford is a small, private institution located in the center of Connecticut. In summer 2016, a committee was formed tasked with the responsibility of exploring OER and how it could benefit students and faculty. Our committee, comprised of staff, faculty, and administrators, faced a daunting task given the wealth of information about OER and the variety of ways different institutions were implementing OER. After initial discussions, we agreed to begin conversations with our faculty with an emphasis on advocating for affordability as well as highlighting academic freedom. We were also the first private institution accepted into the 2017-2018 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program, which bolstered our OER efforts significantly, helping us bridge the gap between OER awareness and actual adoptions and creation. The University is still in the early stages of the OER movement but seeing progress each semester.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Improve Student Access to Education through Open Educational Resources

The purpose of this RFP, administered by the University of Hartford's OER Committee, is to support faculty in the use, adaptation, or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) with the goals of increasing student access to rich course content, lowering the cost of textbooks for students, and ultimately improving student learning. OER are openly-licensed educational materials that are low-to-no cost to students. Priority will be given to projects that impact that greatest number of students and in courses with traditionally high textbook costs. Grants will range depending on the complexity and impact of project. These funds can be allocated as stipends and/or used to purchase materials to support the development of the project. Currently, five projects are underway and will be piloted in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Program Type:

Duration: 12/2017 - Present

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

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adaptation

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adoption, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Publication, OER Research

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Source of Program Funding:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 5,000

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 5,000

OER Events

OER 101: The Basics and Benefits of Open Education Resources

Faculty and staff were invited to attend a Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation Learn@Lunch titled "OER 101: The Basics and Benefits of Open Education Resources" to hear from UHart faculty already using OER and to learn about the OpenStax Institutional partnership program to which the University had been accepted. Jillian Maynard, co-chair of the OER Committee, spoke about OER and the progress being made at the University. Prof. James McDonald and Prof. Ivana Milanovic, two faculty using OER extensively, spoke about their experiences. At the end of the session, faculty in attendance were given the chance to look at OER textbooks and online materials and discuss them in small groups.

Date: Nov. 11, 2017

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

Approximate Attendees: 15

Promotional Material

OER Workshop

The OER Workshop, organized by the OER Committee, was a chance to increase awareness about OER and answer faculty questions. It was open to faculty and staff from the University of Hartford and other CT colleges and universities. The day began with an introduction from co-chair Jillian Maynard. Keynote speaker Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) spoke about the state of OER in Connecticut and the country overall. The five faculty/faculty teams with grant projects underway through the OER Grant program gave brief overviews of their projects. A student panel comprised of three individuals a part of the Student Government Program spoke about their own experiences with high textbook costs and took questions from the audience as well. And finally, Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at UMASS-Amherst led an interactive session about Creative Commons and copyright.

Date: March 30, 2018

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

Approximate Attendees: 26

Promotional Material

OER Resources

Open Educational Resources Webpage

This is a landing spot for all things OER related at the University of Hartford. It has a description of the committee and lists committee members, and also explains the OER grant and it's current awardees and their projects. Eventually, we hope to have their completed projects available on this page. Additionally, it has a "Getting Started" page explaining how an interested faculty member could begin the process of exploring and hopefully finding useful OER for their courses.

Resource Permissions:
All Rights Reserved

Resource Citation:
Maynard, Jillian. (2018). Open Educational Resources (OER). [Website]. Retrieved from

Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide gives a background of OER for interested faculty and also lists different repositories and organizes OER by discipline. It is a constant work in progress.

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Resource Citation:
Maynard, Jillian. (2016). Open Educational Resources (OER). [Libguide]. Retrieved from

Point of Contact

Jillian Maynard
Reference Librarian, Mortensen Library