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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER): Professional Development and Education

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources

Intro to OER - Canvas Course

CCCOER (Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources)

Higher Education Journals


Open Ed Week 2019

Faculty Dialogues

It's almost Open Education Week<>, a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

To celebrate Open Education Week, CCCOER will hold five 45-minute webinars, one per day, where faculty in a specific discipline will discuss the intricacies of teaching OER in that subject and answer audience questions.

March 2019

Mon - Fri; March 4-8 ; noon PT / 3pm ET

Registration required.    Register<>

Join us to hear faculty discuss:

 *   How they were first introduced to OER, and what made them decide to use it.

  *   What the process of adopting OER was like and what challenges they encountered.

  *   How OER has changed the way they teach.

  *   Any assessments they have done regarding student success rates, and how their students have responded to OER.

  *   If they are going to continue using OER, and if so, any changes they are considering implementing to improve the course.


  *   Monday, March 4: Sociology

  *   Tuesday, March 5: Administration of Justice

  *   Wednesday, March 6: English

  *   Thursday, March 7: Philosophy

  *   Friday, March 8: Math

To see a complete list of speakers and to register, visit our website:<>

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Surveys and Statistics

Podcasts on OER

Open Education PodCasts

OER Twitter


OpenCon Ohio 2023 (formerly OpenCon Cleveland)

OpenCon Ohio (previously OpenCon Cleveland) 2023 Conference


OpenCon Ohio 2023 was held on Friday, May 19th, 2023 with asynchronous activities earlier in the week. Links to recordings and an archive of the Conference can be found below. Thanks for everyone who participated in this event!  Click Link for More Information


OER Course Redesign Grants


OhioLINK Fall 2023 OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants

Over and over, we have heard that two of the main barriers to converting to an Open Educational Resource (OER) are the lack of time and lack of funding necessary to explore open alternatives. To that end, OhioLINK Affordable Learning is continuing with our OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants. 

What: OhioLINK Affordable Learning has dedicated funding to help faculty learn more about using openly-licensed or other affordable course content for their high-enrollment courses. With this funding, we are offering OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants.


Professional Development Opportunities

Affordable Learning Ohio Summit - August 1 - 2, 2018

OhioLINKALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) Scholarly Communications Interest Group, and the University of Akron's Affordable Learning Initiative are co-sponsoring an Affordable Learning Ohio Summit to be hosted at the University of Akron on August 1st and 2nd.



This event is designed to help foster information sharing amongst institutions in the State of Ohio that are currently engaged with an affordable learning initiative. The free (for main summit registrants) and optional half-day pre-summit on August 1st is for individuals (librarians, instructional designers, administrators) to learn about open educational resources, open textbooks, and copyright. The main summit ($65 registration fee) on August 2nd will include sessions on Building Partnerships on Your Campus, Funding and Grant Opportunities, Enduring Engagement with Your Initiative, and Open Authorship.


The 20th Annual Open Education Conference

2023 PROGRAM Preview

This is a public preview of this year’s program. Attendees will have access to the full program during the conference through the platform Oxford Abstracts. Registered attendees: sign in to Oxford Abstracts or create an account using your registered email address to begin adding sessions to your schedule.

Inclusive Access Immersion for OhioLINK member institutions: A webinar series

In the interest of offering educational content to our members ahead of the Textbook Affordability and Inclusive Access Immersion event on September 28 (click through to register if you haven’t already), we are offering a series of webinars the last week in July.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the different elements of inclusive access adoption and implementation, and ask any questions that you may have! These webinars will be hosted by the presenters. Additionally, they will all be recorded if you cannot make it in person. We expect this list to continue to expand; stay tuned for updates.


1 p.m. - Unizin

  • Discuss the Unizin delivery platform (Unizin Engage) as well as the method for communicating adoptions (Unizin Order Tool).  From there discussion will move towards Unizin's vision for Inclusive Access, pedagogy, accessibility, and advantages of partnering with a nonprofit for digital content delivery.
  • Registration link

Video Conferencing System: -or-

Meeting ID : 309565024 

  • To join via phone :

1)  Dial: +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free)

2)  Enter Conference ID : 309565024


11 a.m. - RedShelf

  • Getting Inclusive Access Started on Campus: As digital programs like inclusive access continue to solidify their presence in the higher education space, the ability to scale programs with efficiency becomes increasingly essential. The foundations of these digital programs are rooted in essential campus team collaboration, publisher partnerships and key integrations that allow the programs to grow with ease. This session will elaborate on this concept reviewing the roles critical to set-up this program and the benefits of utilizing an end-to-end platform to power the program. Presented by Shannon Godfrey, Director of Sales & Sara Ellenberger, Inclusive Access Account Executive. 
  • Registration link

2 p.m. - McGraw Hill Education


2 p.m. - Verba | VitalSource

  • Start and Scale Inclusive Access with Verba | VitalSource: Join Verba | VitalSource for a webinar on best practices to launch and scale Inclusive Access. During the session, we will cover key benefits of Inclusive Access for all stakeholders on campus, provide best practices for starting and scaling your Inclusive Access program, and demonstrate the student, instructor, and Inclusive Access program administrator experience. Presented by Kathleen Hayes, Director of Institutional Partnerships.
  • Registration link 


10 a.m. – Cengage




2 p.m. - Pearson


  • Launching Inclusive Access - Getting Started: A discussion on implementing an Inclusive Access program, what it takes to get started and how Pearson can help. Join Phillip Anaya from Alamo Colleges and Brian McGarry from Pearson to hear about who needs to be involved to ensure a smooth transition to delivering your course materials digitally.  They will discuss how to get started, best practices for implementing at a course/department level and navigating institutional approvals, bookstore responsibilities, etc. 
  • Registration link:


Webinars on OER

Affordable Learning Webinar

OhioLINK is presenting an Affordable Learning webinar on January 30, 2019 from 2pm – 3pm. Please register here if you are interested in attending the webinar:  Effectively Encouraging Use of OER on Your Campus

Nicole Finkbeiner utilizes her experience working with colleges and universities across the country to outline the key components of a successful OER initiative. She’ll cover key metrics, real-world examples of successful strategies, and suggestions on how to adapt an OER initiative to your specific budget and campus culture. Nicole Finkbeiner is the Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. She also coaches colleges and universities to effectively encourage faculty adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote student success and faculty academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting OER, Nicole fills her time working on civil rights issues, traveling, reading, staying healthy, and dragging her friends and family to random cultural events.


Open Education Blogs

InfoGraphics / Articles/Surveys