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Getting Started with OER: What's happening on campus?

This guide is your one-stop-shop for getting started with OER. You will learn the basics, learn about Creative Commons licensing, where to find OER and how to evaluate it, and what's happening with the University of Hartford's OER Initiative.

University of Hartford OER Committee

In 2016, the University of Hartford OER Committee was formed after the Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC) identified OER as an initiative to pursue. Since then, the committee has been working towards increasing awareness of OER among faculty by offering workshops, presentations, one-on-one meetings, and small grants when possible. The main mission of the committee is to spread awareness and provide information and support for faculty interested in finding OER for their courses.

Members of the Committee:

  • Jillian Maynard (co-chair, Mortensen Library)
  • Jean McGivney-Burelle (co-chair, CTEI)
  • Jim McDonald (A&S Physics)
  • Joshua Russell (Hartt)
  • Narendar Sumukadas (Barney)
  • Hisham Alnajjar (CETA)
  • Jason Pomposelli (A&S Dean's Office)


Jillian Maynard was accepted as a fellow into the 2018-2019 cohort of the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Open Education Leadership Program, which is "an intensive professional development program to empower library professionals with the knowledge, skills, and connections to lead successful open education initiatives that benefit students. The two-semester program blends online, peer-to-peer, and project-based learning to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with practical know-how to take action on campus and beyond. Fellows participate as part of a cohort that becomes a vibrant community of practice, enhanced by expert instructors and mentorship support. The program enrolls library professionals in the U.S. and Canada." This guide served as the capstone project to complete the program.

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Getting Started with OER by Jillian Maynard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Updated by Taylor St. Pierre 7/2021.

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