Penn State University Working Definition (PSU-OERs)
Penn State University – Open Educational Resources (PSU-OERs) are any type of educational materials that are available to the university community with little to no cost. It may also be the case with PSU-OERs that the nature of these open materials means that students, faculty, & staff can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them within the university community.
OER Task Force Charge, Timeline, and Report
Charge for the University OER Task Force in December of 2015 by Provost Jones:
Develop approaches for systematically implementing open educational resources to support Penn State teaching and learning and contribute to President Eric Barron’s agenda for student access and affordability. The use of OER resources, including open textbooks, can significantly reduce costs for students, provide more control for faculty for their course content, and enable or empower enhanced pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.
OER and the PSU Strategic Plan
Transforming Education. Penn State will be a leader in the transformation of education, including enhancing access to it, as it fulfills its land-grant mission in a 21st-century context and continues to drive discovery-focused research across disciplines.