What is Connect OER?
Connect OER is a platform to share and discover information about OER activities at campuses across North America. Each participating institution maintains a profile page about local OER activities, which collectively populate a searchable directory that showcases trends, best practices, and collective impact being achieved through OER. Connect OER has three main components:
- Each participating institution has a campus profile maintained by its academic library, which includes a summary of OER activities and basic metrics about the status of OER on campus. This profile can be updated and expanded over time as initiatives progress. To request a profile page for your institution click here.
- We have created a directory where users can search for campuses based on their characteristics, types of activities, and key words. This directory is populated with the content submitted from participating institutions.
- Each year, SPARC produces a report using the data collected through Connect OER. The report provides a snapshot of the state of OER at participating campuses and best practices. Get our latest annual report here.
Why Connect OER?
The movement for Open Educational Resources (OER) has been accelerating across North American higher education, with numerous institutions launching initiatives to support the creation, adoption, adaptation and awareness of OER. While many efforts have connected with organized networks, communities, and consortia, many others are happening organically and may lack visibility outside of their institution. Movements are stronger when they can connect more easily, so in response to a need identified by our member libraries, SPARC created Connect OER to help build bridges between campuses actively working on OER.
How Can You Get Involved?
Creating a profile is free for all U.S. and Canadian higher education institutions. To request an account for your institution, please see our FAQ for further details or contact email@example.com.