OER Technology Working Group

The MHEC OER Technology Working Group first convened in January 2021. During these initial meetings, the working group used a Miro board to capture the areas where technology intersects with OER, challenges associated with OER and IT, and needs for the OER community around technology.

Out of this brainstorming it became apparent that there are a lot of challenges around technology products to author and publish OER, and that the current marketplace is relatively immature and sometimes difficult to navigate. The MHEC Technology work group would benefit from more insight into the features, functions, and capabilities of various tools and platforms that can be used for authoring and publishing OER.

To this end, this working group is hosting a series of discussions with some of the major providers of OER technology tools. MHEC hopes to use these conversations to inform OER state advocates about the features, functions, and capabilities of the current tools on the market, as well as to provide a forum between the Midwestern OER community and the marketplace to help vendors continue to develop new tools and improve existing ones.

Open Publishing Platforms

  • Recording - June 9, 2021
  • Unleashing the Power of Open with The LibreTexts presentation (Delmar Larsen, Executive Director, LibreTexts, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis)
  • Recording - July 7, 2021
  • Manifold Scholarship (Krystyna Michael, The Graduate Center, CUNY)
CBOX OpenLab
  • Recording - July 7, 2021
  • Commons In A Box OpenLab: Open Infrastructure for OER (jean amaral, Associate Professor/Open Knowledge Librarian, BMCC; Charlie Edwards, CBOX OpenLab Co-Project Director & OpenLab Co-Director, City Tech; Jody Rosen, OpenLab Co-Director & Associate Professor of English, City Tech; & Chris Stein, Chair, Media Arts & Technology, BMCC)

Open Source Tools for Mathematics


Open Source Tools for Interactivity

PhET Interactive Simulations

OER Technology Tools for Inclusivity and Accessibility

Links from presentation from Jess Mitchell, Senior Manager, Research + Design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto

OER Repositories and Search Tools

OER Search Tips and Tools (Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, Iowa State University)
Recording - March 8, 2022

OER Courseware

PanOpen Education
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative