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OER Learning Circle Applications Due – Spring 2022

January 21, 2022

OER Learning Circles Spring 2022
February 21 – May 1, 2022

What are OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources that make use of appropriate tools, such as open licensing, to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement, and re-purposing by others for educational purposes (UNESCO). OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Collaborate with other Minnesota State faculty from across the system who are committed to saving students on the cost of textbooks and course resources. There are 3 options to choose from when participating in an OER Learning Circle:

  1. Redesign a course around OER.
  2. Create ancillary materials to complement an existing OER.
  3. Author a primary course resource.

In addition to virtual weekly meetings, OER Learning Circles will utilize a D2L Brightspace course to support faculty and will take place over a ten-week period. The equivalent of .5 RCE (reasonable credit equivalent) is available to participating faculty.


  1. Submit application by January 21, 2022.
  2. Notification of acceptance or denial of applications by January 28, 2022.
  3. Orientation week to get acquainted with your cohort is February 14 – 18, 2022.
  4. OER Learning Circles will run February 21 – May 1, 2022.
  5. Present your OER Learning Circle project at one of the four virtual OER Project Showcase Events scheduled in April 2022.
  6. Project completed by May 1, 2022.


Apply for OER Learning Circles
  1. Review the OER Learning Circle Application (PDF)
    • Applicant and applicant’s SAO must sign Part B.
  2. Complete the Online ​Application Form​ (Link) and upload Part B.

Become an OER Learning Circle Leader

For Minnesota State faculty who have already completed an OER Learning Circle cohort, consider becoming an OER Learning Circle Leader to:

  • gain experience facilitating cross-disciplinary OER Learning Circles 
  • create a plan for the design, delivery, and evaluation of a campus-based OER Learning Circle, and 
  • identify, modify, and/or create a D2L support course room and other materials to be used for facilitating OER Learning Circles on your own campus.


Apply for OER Learning Circle Leaders
  1. Review the OER Learning Circle Leaders Application (PDF)
    • Applicant and applicant’s SAO must sign Part B.
  2. Complete the Online ​Application Form​ (Link) and upload Part B.



For questions about OER Learning Circles and OER Faculty Development, please contact Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator.


January 21, 2022
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