Open Ed Forum
Access free educational resources to make college more affordable for your students.
What is Open Education?
“Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.” – Open Education Consortium (OEC)
“Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.” – SPARC
Open Educational Resources
Free, high quality digital content has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of college for Sunshine State students. The Taskforce on Postsecondary Online Education has launched an initiative to enhance and expand the online learning resources repository and create an effective best practices repository for open educational resources.
FLVC OER Summit
National and regional OER leaders gather at FLVC OER Summit to share ideas and options for how Florida can raise the level of awareness around textbook costs and bring OER options to the forefront of the conversation. Attendees collaborate with the leaders and their colleagues across Florida. Attendees take back rich resources, effective practices and OER implementation plans to their institutions for the best interest of Florida students.
The Orange Grove is Florida’s Open Educational Resources Repository. The Orange Grove offers an online collection of textbooks and educational materials available to Sunshine State students for free. Some colleges and universities also provide free textbooks and content to their students.