Colorado's PK-12 OER Teaching & Learning Community: OERColorado

Explore. Collaborate. Create. Inspire.

About OERColorado

OERColorado’s hub platform coordinates efforts to support Colorado educators, administrators, curriculum experts, and other educational stakeholders across K-12 to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER) materials, share ideas and create affordable, high quality learning resources with the eventual migration to a larger more robust microsite in the works. 

OER is a term used to describe teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others. OERColorado supports access, collaboration, and training to promote the creation and use of free or low-cost OER teaching and learning resources in preK-12 classrooms throughout Colorado. These resources can be created and shared by institutional providers or locally by an individual teacher, a district or even You!  

OERColorado is a Colorado Empowered Learning (CEL) initiative administered by the Colorado River Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES) that provides digital collections of openly licensed resources for PK-12 educators. Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S. § 22-5-119), the CR BOCES was designated to administer the statewide supplemental and blended learning program and ensure public access to a digital repository of content and resources for Colorado educators.

Within this platform:

  • You can Explore curated OER Collections. Browse virtual libraries of free materials, lessons, and tools to save and use in your classroom and school. 
  • Visit this Collection to learn more about curated open educational resources, copyright, Creative Commons, and contributing to Colorado collections.
  • Engage in forums and Collaborate with others in groups to focus on educational topics organized around OERColorado. Groups let participants share and evaluate resources. 
  • Reference our Getting Started section to learn how to create a profile, create an institutional page or form a working group, and use Open Author to create OER.
  • Learn how to create, evaluate and connect with other state agencies with OERTools.
  • Join the OERColorado hub by requesting membership in the Welcome to OERColorado group.

Note that not all resources in the OERColorado Collections align with Colorado state standards, state guidelines, or local guidelines. We advise all OERColorado users to consult with their district and/or school Curriculum Specialist if there are any questions or concerns about use of these resources.

We invite you to contribute to this education community by using these resources, providing feedback, or joining in creating resources for use throughout Colorado!

Student Opportunity

Educators consider having your middle school or high school students compete in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. 

Professional Learning Opportunity Spring 2023

Join the Colorado Creative Commons Certificate Cohort

CDHE is sponsoring a cohort of Colorado librarians, educators, instructional designers, and students to complete the Creative Commons Certificate training. The Certificate program offers in-depth courses about CC licenses, open practices, and the ethos of the Commons. The course is ideal for anyone who is looking to gain deeper knowledge of copyright, wanting to work on open education or open access initiatives, or develop capacity in opening access to cultural heritage.

The next 10-week online course runs January 30 - April 9 with support for cohorts of 25 learners per facilitator. Submit an application to join the next Colorado CC Certificate cohort!


Supporting Organizations



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