The University of Massachusetts Amherst

OER Advocacy

Faculty Perspectives on Open Educational Resources and Open Access from Gideon Burton on Vimeo.

A video based on the research of John Hilton on the effectiveness & perceptions of Open Educational Resources as compared to traditional textbooks.

Academic Commons 

Academic Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital tools.

The news aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open education community.

Creative Commons Education Program

Advocates for the use of Creative Commons licenses in educational materials.

College Open Textbooks

A collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness and advocacy for open textbooks.

Provides training for instructors seeking to utilize open educational resources.

The Hewlett Foundation

Funds grants for Open Educational Resources.

Provides resources and also makes their funded OER proposals publicly available.

Open Courseware Consortium 

A collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources (SPARC) Coalition

SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

This page highlights SPARC's work in supporting OER work.

Student PIRGs: Affordable Textbooks Campaign

Dedicated to student efforts to make textbooks more affordable.

MassPIRG: UMass Chapter

The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group is a student-run organization at University of Massachusetts Amherst. They seek solutions for real problems faced by students and the public.

Open Knowledge Foundation

Working on open knowledge projects, such as Open Economics and Open Shakespeare

Provides infrastructure for open knowledge projects, communities and resources. For example, we run the KnowledgeForge service and Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network
Acting at UK, European and international levels on open knowledge issues.
Running open knowledge events, such as OKCon.

SUNY OER Community Course Experience

Several self-guided courses on different aspects of OER such as licensing, finding, customizing, and promoting OER.