Oregon State University is a land-grant institution devoted to making a positive impact in the lives of people around the state, country and world. To that end, Open Oregon State aims to take advantage of OSU's national reputation in the field of online learning to establish a competitive open educational resources (OER) program that focuses on:
- Learning module development
- Reusable digital components
- Open textbooks
What are open educational resources?
Open educational resources (OERs) are digital materials that exist online in the public domain and are offered freely for students, teachers and researchers to share, use and reuse as a means of increasing the world's access to knowledge.
Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games and much more – all located in digital media collections around the world.
Open Oregon State works in collaboration with OSU's world-class faculty and OSU Extension professionals to develop online educational resources. These educators conduct research to create content for K-12 students, OSU students and the general public.
We are also a partner of OSU Press and OSU Libraries, working together to create open textbooks that are freely accessible online to students everywhere. The open textbook initiative aims to reduce student costs and further position Oregon State as a leader in research and teaching.
Open Oregon State is part of OSU Extended Campus, which also houses Oregon State Ecampus, OSU Summer Session and the OSU Ecampus Research Unit.