What is OER?
Open educational resources (OER) “are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”1 OER includes built in permission to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the material.
In an effort to exhibit the need for OER at institutions across the state of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents Student Advisory Committee conducted a survey in 2019 to demonstrate the burden of textbook costs on students at Regent Institutions. They found that 48 percent of 6,474 regent institutions’ students indicated they did not purchase or rent a required textbook in the spring semester. Seventeen percent said they did not purchase or rent three or more required textbooks.2 By not purchasing textbooks, students could be at a disadvantage, which could hinder their success in a course. With open/alternative educational resources, all students get equal and immediate access to educational materials.3
Link to Kansas LibreTexts Commons.
Hear Fort Hays State University Student Body President, Mark Faber give an address to the February 2022 Kansas OER Summit attendees about how OER impacts students. Click here to listen to his speech.
General Education System-Wide Transfer Course OER Recommendations
College Algebra - February 26, 2024 at 3:30-4pm - Recording
Public Speaking - February 27, 2024 at 11-11:30am - Recording
General Psychology - February 27, 2024 at 2:30-3pm - Recording
English Composition - February 28, 2024 at 11-11:30am - Link to join
Elementary Statistics - February 28, 2024 at 2-2:30pm - Recording
2024 SPRING OER Discipline Roundtables (visit the OER Roundtables webpage)
Using OER in Communications Courses Wednesday, April 17, 2024 2:30 pm (click the title to register)
This webinar is intended for those interested in using Open Educational Resources in Communication courses. In this session, you’ll engage with our panelists as they share their OER journeys and participate in a roundtable discussion. Participants are encouraged to share their OER experiences, concerns, successes, and questions.
- Lead: Dr. Alicia Mason Collins, Ph.D. (Professor Pittsburg State University Department of Communication)
- Panelists: Ashley Page (Fort Scott Community College, Communications Instructor) and Tonya Neises (Labette Community College, Communication Professor)
Using OER in Education Courses Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 3:30 pm
This webinar is intended for those interested in using Open Educational Resources in Education courses. In this session, you’ll engage with our panelists as they share their OER journeys and participate in a roundtable discussion. Participants are encouraged to share their OER experiences, concerns, successes, and questions.
- Panelists: Renee Cason, FHSU Teacher Education Instructor, Kim Sprecht, BCCC, with more to be added.
OER Legislative Showcase - Thursday, February 22, 2024, 8:30-3:30pm Capitol Rotunda
Come learn all about OER and see our institutions in action in the capitol rotunda! Email
LibreTexts Training: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 2:00-4:00pm
Delmar Larsen, founder and executive director of LibreTexts, will provide training on LibreTexts and the associated LibreVerse. LibreTexts is an Open Educational Resource (OER) platform. The Kansas Board of Regents System was the first state system to join the LibreNet, a consortium of members supporting LibreTexts. System members can create, adopt, and adapt OER on the platform and use the associated technology. If you don’t already have an account, it would be good to set one up at https://one.libretexts.org/
OER Beyond the Basics: Faculty Workshops
Finding, Evaluating & Adopting OER Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 2:00 pm
Finding the right OER for your courses can be daunting and this workshop will review the best places to begin your search for OER textbooks, assignments, lectures and other materials. We will also cover how to evaluate OER to make sure it's a good fit for your students and institution. Since planning time is precious, participants will be encouraged to practice searching and evaluating during the workshop to make the best use of their time.
Adapting OER Tuesday, March 7, 2023 2:00 pm
You picked out an OER or two that you want to use in class. They need some changes or need to be combined. Now what? This workshop will lead you through the following steps to adapting your OERs. We will start by determining the licensing of your OERs and then look at where to edit and provide access to your adapted OER. Finally, we will look at correctly attributing the original OERs and how to create your own Creative Commons license for your new textbook. Throughout the workshop, guiding questions will help you make decisions efficiently and effectively.
Accessibility & OER Thursday, April 6, 2023 2:00 pm
Now that you have found an OER to use in your class and adapted it to your needs, how can you further adapt it to make it accessible for all. This workshop will cover the basics of the why and how of accessibility and universal design. Then, we will dive deeper into enabling user agency to enhance the user experience (UX). Some topics include accessibility tools, scalability, anchored content, and keyboard navigation.
Statewide OER Steering Committee
To encourage OER use across public institutions in the state of Kansas, the OER Steering Committee was developed and is made up of representatives across Kansas public institutions who are interested in OER on their campuses. The group convenes once a month to discuss statewide initiatives, including collaborative events, grant applications, system participation in regional and national OER organizations, OER platforms, and best practices. If your institution does not have a representative on the OER Steering Committee and you would like to add someone, email Mistie Knox,
Developed in January 2022, the OER Steering Committee recommendation outlines a formula for estimating savings resulting from OER use in KBOR System institutions. While it's difficult, if not impossible to accurately capture savings due to a variety of factors, the Steering Committee members believe that Kansas System institutions benefit from a common method to estimate savings, when appropriate and possible. This paper outlines our recommendations, sites other research and policies around estimating cost savings, and explains the rationale behind developing this formula.
January 2021, the OER Steering Committee sent out the first survey to gather information on how Open Education Resources (OER) are currently being implemented across the public higher education institutions in Kansas. The survey was repeated in the spring of 2022. This is the second report summarizing the OER initiatives across our system. For more information about this survey, report or KBOR system initiatives click here
|The Kansas Board of Regents Open Educational (OER) Steering Committee Action Plan (pdf) was developed as a result of the 2019 student-focused survey conducted by the Kansas Board of Regents Student Advisory Committee and collaborative discussion among members of the OER Steering Committee. The plan explains what OER are as well as the statewide priorities.
|The Textbook Affordability Survey 2019 Results & Report (pdf) was conducted by the 2018-2019 Student Advisory Committee to provide concrete data behind the burden of textbook costs that students attending our universities are facing.
2023-24 Members of the Open Educational Resources Steering Committee
|Emporia State University
|Digital Scholarship & OER Librarian
|Fort Hays State University
|Learning Technologies & OER Librarian
|Kansas State University
|Pittsburg State University
|University of Kansas
|Heather Mac Bean
|Open Education Librarian
|University of Kansas Medical Center
|Electronic Resources Librarian
|Wichita State University
|Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Chemistry
|Allen Community College
|Barton Community College
|Director of Innovation & Compliance for the Center for Academic Innovation & Excellence
|Butler Community College
|Assistant Professor of English
|Cloud County Community College
|Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
|Cowley Community College
|Faculty, Computer Science & Math
|Dodge City Community College
|Director of Instructional/Informational Technology
|Dodge City Community College
|Instructor of English
|Fort Scott Community College
|Director of Library Services
|Garden City Community College
|Assistant Professor of English
|Highland Community College
|Instructional Support & Design
|Hutchinson Community College
|Coordinator of Library Services
|Independence Community College
|Johnson County Community College
|Digital Projects Librarian and Chair of OER Taskforce
|Kansas City Kansas Community College
|Director of Online Education
|Labette Community College
|Professor of History
|Pratt Community College
|Director, Learning Resource Center
|Seward County Community College
|Director of Distance Learning
|Flint Hills Technical College
|Division Chair of General Education
|Manhattan Area Technical College
|Teaching & Learning Resource Coordinator
|WSU Campus of Applied Sciences & Technology
|Dean, ITAS & Director, Instructional Design
System Memberships & Partnerships
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has promoted and facilitated the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at a regional level since 2018 when twelve OER state action teams were created. From these initiatives, the Kansas OER Steering Committee began, and they continue to support our work through grant funding, research, regional raining and sponsorship of our Kansas OER Summit.
Open Education Network (OEN)
In 2020, the Kansas Board of Regents joined the Open Education Network (OEN) as a consortial member.
A diverse community of higher education institutions, the Open Education Network promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks.
Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3)
The Kansas Board of Regents is part of the Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3) Collaborative. Open to public higher education systems and statewide/provincewide organizations, DOERS3 and its members support large-scale OER initiatives and are committed to advancing innovation in OER. Member organizations aim to achieve equity and student success at scale by realizing the promise of high-quality, accessible, and sustainable OER implementations.
OER logo credit: Barton Community College