Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are textbooks and ancillary learning materials that are accessible via the Internet at little or no cost to students or institutions. To make the cost of postsecondary education more affordable, many states and institutions have adopted or are seeking to adopt the use of OER.

MHEC is working to assist states and institutions in OER implementation by creating an OER Advisory Committee comprised of institutional representatives who have varying levels of experience implementing OER. MHEC convened Midwestern stakeholders on November 28-30, 2018, to learn from experts in the field of OER, as well as from individuals and groups who have already successfully adopted OER.


WEBINAR-Textbook Affordability: OER and Other Approaches

Please join Jenny Parks, director of academic leadership initiatives at MHEC, as she and her guests explore OER in the context of textbook affordability initiatives.

Where to find OER

Large Repositories

  • OER Commons: Supported in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.
  • OpenStax CNX: A large collection of CC BY licensed OER supported by Rice University.
  • MERLOT: Led by California State University, along with 23 other universities and institutional partners that support the operation of this repository.

Campus Repositories

  • Open Textbook Network: Curated catalog of open textbooks with faculty reviews housed by the University of Minnesota.
  • OpenStax: Non-profit open textbook publishing company housed at Rice University that offers optional add-ons from outside partners.
  • BC Campus Open Education Resources: A collection of textbooks created in British Columbia.
  • Open SUNY: Textbooks developed by the SUNY system.


State Leaders in OER

Do you know any individuals or organizations who are doing important OER work in the Midwest? Whom would you nominate as an OER leader in your state?

OER Advisory Committee
Gretchen Bartelson Northwest Iowa Community College Iowa
Andy Bennett Kansas State University Kansas
Deb Brennan Central Community College Nebraska
Kim Carlson University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraska
Megan FitzGibbon Minnesota Office of Higher Education Minnesota
Catherine Fraser Riehle University of Nebraska - Lincoln Nebraska
Monte Kramer South Dakota Board of Regents South Dakota
Poonam Kumar Saginaw Valley State University Michigan
Brian Lindshield Kansas State University Kansas
Pat Mielke Western Technical College Wisconsin
Ilir Miteza University of Michigan-Dearborn Michigan
Contact me for more information
MHEC-Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks

Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives