Jillian Maynard, co-chair of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee, along with Jean McGivney-Burelle, will successfully complete the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program this July. Program events included an OER Half-Day Workshop, which featured two keynote speakers, a student panel, and short presentations from the OER grant recipients. The committee also hosted a lunch for deans and senior administrators and invited the editorial director of OpenStax, Anthony Palmiotto. In the fall, the committee will help students from the Student Government Association (SGA) form a Student Advocacy Group for OER. Maynard also is initiating an OER Collaboration in multiple formats to address different learning styles amongst Connecticut private institutions.
The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others."