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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA, United States
Official Website @WPI

Type: Private 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 6,381

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OER LibGuide


WPI is in the early stages of its open education initiative, which is a collaborative effort among a few departments, including the Gordon Library and Academic Technology, to develop faculty support services for adopting, adapting, and creating OER. During the 2019-20 academic year, a faculty learning community (FLC) on OER was convened, with five faculty working on grant-funded OER projects.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Faculty Learning Community on Open Educational Resources

The theme for the 2019-20 Faculty Learning Community, sponsored and funded through the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, is open educational resources. The FLC includes five faculty working on OER creation projects in the areas of philosophy, interdisciplinary & global studies, mechanical engineering, and computer science. The FLC is facilitated by two WPI librarians who have expertise in OER and faculty development, and two instructional designers sit on the FLC to provide support and guidance. The group meets on a monthly basis to have discussions around OER and share project progress.

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Duration: 05/2019 - 04/2020

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Pedagogy

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

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 40,000

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: $ 30,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 5

Typical amount of each grant: $ 6,000

OER Resources

Open Educational Resources

A guide for the WPI community on how to find, adopt, adapt, and create open educational resources.

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Resource Citation:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute. (2018). Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from

Point of Contact

Lori Ostapowicz-Critz
Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies