The purpose of this framework is to outline Springfield Technical Community College’s position on Open Educational Resources (OER)1 and provide guidelines for practice in learning and teaching. The College encourages staff to use, create, and publish OER to enhance the quality of the student experience, enhance the provision of learning opportunities for all, and improve teaching practices. It also recognizes that use, creation, and publication of OER are consistent with the College’s reputation, values, and mission to, "improve lives and strengthen the region through accessible and affordable higher education."
1 Open Educational Resources (OER) are “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. 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.” This definition of OER is provided by the Hewlett Foundation.