SPARC Projects

Connect OER

Open Education

Connect OER is a platform to share and discover information about OER activities at campuses across North America.

What is Connect OER?

Connect OER is a platform to share and discover information about OER activities at campuses across North America. Beginning with SPARC members, academic libraries can sign up to maintain a profile page about their institution’s efforts on OER. This data will be used to populate a searchable directory and annual report that showcases trends, best practices, and collective impact being achieved through OER. Connect OER has three main components:

  • Campus Profiles: Each participating institution has a campus profile, 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. View a list of campus profiles completed to date here.
  • Searchable Directory: 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.
  • Annual Report: Each year, SPARC will produce a report using the data collected through Connect OER. The report will provide a snapshot of the state of OER at participating campuses and best practices, which can be used as a baseline for measuring progress in future years.

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.

Get Involved

During the pilot phase, Connect OER campus profiles are available exclusively for SPARC member institutions. Instructions for creating a campus profile were sent by email to the directors of SPARC member libraries on May 1, 2017. Completed profiles will be displayed in a searchable directory that is open to the public.

In early October, we plan to open up the ability to create Connect OER campus profiles to all North American institutions of higher education. If you would like to be notified when this opportunity is available, click here to sign up. 

Campus Profiles

We have just unveiled a new search function for the Connect OER directory. Visit the directory to search for campuses based on criteria such as enrollment, types of programs, and stakeholders on campus who are involved.

If you would prefer, you can view individual campus profiles by clicking the links below.

Have a Question?

Please view our comprehensive FAQ.

If you would like to set up a call to discuss your profile, please contact Brady Yano (brady@sparcopen.org).

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