Open Education in the Northeast States

Click on a state to learn more about its efforts towards supporting Open Education.

Join NEBHE’s Listserv: A community and communication tool for Open Education Practitioners in the Northeast

NEBHE welcomes librarians, faculty and other constituents engaged in open educational resources (OER) and open pedagogical practices located in the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont to join our listserv. The goals of this service include:

  • A forum for regional practitioners to share ideas, resources and best practices and to pose questions to fellow community members
  • Support coordination for projects and priorities shared among the Northeast community
  • Share updates and resources developed by NEBHE and NCOER

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Connect with Practitioners

Listservs are some of the best tools to directly connect with practitioners and seek help with specific questions in Open Education. Common daily thread topics discuss licensing nuances, existence and availability of particular disciplinary OER, announcements of newly created OER and professional development opportunities. There are several free-to-join, but some are restricted to members only.

  • LibOER Discussion Group: Run by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), this listserv is a vibrant community of practice for academic library professionals and allied stakeholders interested in open education. Free to join.
  • Creative Commons Open Education Platform:
  • Open Education Network (OEN): Run by the OEN, formally the Open Textbook Network, this listserv is an active and extremely helpful community of practice for practitioners whose institutions or systems are members of OEN. Membership is required to sign up.

NEBHE Report
Open Education Policies in the Northeast

Lindsey Gumb, Fellow for Open Education
Released December 2020

While there is no one-size-fits-all policy, model or practice in Open Education, several New England states engaged in this work have identified and demonstrated practical approaches to successfully advance initiatives at both the state and institution level. This regional analysis shares exemplars and observations of sound practices observed by NEBHE Fellow for Open Education, Lindsey Gumb.

OER State Policy Playbook

The OER State Policy Playbook provides policy recommendations for U.S. state legislators interested in tackling college affordability through OER. Download this resource and share it with interested policymakers.

OER State Policy Tracker

Updated weekly during the legislative season, this page tracks the latest state-by-state policy activity relevant to the SPARC community, along with policies enacted in past years. SPARC’s state policy tracking is done in conjunction with Foresight Law + Policy.

Open Education Advisory Committee

Under the direction of its Open Education Advisory Committee, comprised of higher education leaders representing the six New England states, New Jersey and New York, NEBHE has begun its initial work to address the following identified priorities: Policy DevelopmentPractitioner Support, and Leadership Awareness & Engagement.

Read more about the advisory committee & access meeting minutes below:

Statement of Intent

Meeting minutes

Northeast OER Landscape Summary

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Advisory Committee Members:

(CT) Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of Digital Learning, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

(CT) Jay Rozgonyi, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation, Fairfield University

(MA) Susan Tashjian, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Northern Essex Community College

(MA) Curt Newton, Director of OpenCourseWare, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(MA) Robert Awkward, Director of Learning Outcomes & Assessment, Mass Department of Higher Education

(ME) Thomas Edwards, Provost, Thomas College

(NH) Robin DeRosa, Director, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, Plymouth State University

(NH) Hannah Davidson, Campus Accessibility Services Assistant, Plymouth State University

(NJ) Eric Taylor, Director, Office of Licensure, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

(NY) Ian James, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

(NY) Ann Fiddler, CUNY Open Education Librarian

(RI) Dragan Gill, Reference Librarian, Rhode Island College

(RI) Heather Miceli, Adjunct professor, Johnson & Wales University and Roger Williams University

(VT) Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning, Middlebury College