Summary of Services

OPEN provides free support and technical assistance to all Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees with information and professional development in the following areas:

Why these Services?


Creative Commons

Support for open licensing

The DOL grant requires that you share what you build with the public grant funds. All resources created (new builds and revisions) using grant funds must be released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC BY). CC BY is a copyright license that grants permission to the public to reuse, revise, remix or redistribute the materials for any purpose so long as the user gives attribution to the author. Creative Commons will provide technical support in meeting the open licensing requirement. We will help you implement CC BY with best practices in machine-readability (so that users can find your content on the Internet) and mark the content with clear and appropriate license icons and language.

Creative Commons will also help projects find existing OER that might be used in their project.


Support for learning design and accessibility

CAST and the Open Learning Initiative (OLI), with experts at Carnegie Mellon University, will work together, leveraging current learning science research and accessibility guidelines, to provide resources and technical assistance to support the creation of high quality online courses. OLI brings expertise in applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of open web-based learning environments. CAST, the research and development organization that pioneered Universal Design for Learning (UDL) brings expertise, technical support and enabling technologies. The resources and technical assistance from OLI and CAST will support you in implementing OLI learning guidelines, the UDL framework and techniques and technologies to ensure that all of the digital content and learning environments developed in this project succeed with the widest range of learners possible.


Support for the development of best practices and policies

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has had sustained, system-wide success creating open policy and developing, adopting, reusing and distributing OER. OER practices and policies may be new to your institution. SBCTC will support your efforts with targeted professional development opportunities and consultation for your faculty, administration and staff. Administrators and trustees will learn how to develop and support open policies; faculty and staff will learn to locate, develop, evaluate and share open content.

Each OPEN partner has compiled resources to aid grantees in all of these areas. See the Resources and FAQ pages for more. Customized services to meet your particular needs are available on request. Send your request to

Beyond support: Collaboration


The OLI platform, enhanced by Universal Design for Learning principles, enables instructional designs that embed practice and assessment throughout the course and provide a complete, supported learning experience. The system captures data on student interactions and uses this data to provide meaningful feedback to the learner, the instructor, and the course designer. Platform+ projects have received technical training on the platform, project space for development, course hosting, and access to all learning data and reports.

Grantees participating in Platform+ include:


For this more intensive collaboration, OLI is leading teams composed of multiple subject matter experts, CAST experts, course developers, learning scientists, human computer interaction experts, assessment experts and software engineers to develop and deliver OER in accordance with current learning research. Grantees from different projects in the same domain have been invited to collaborate on a single development team to create OER that serves all projects.

Co-development Projects

STEM Readiness
OPEN has worked closely with the National STEM Consortium to develop a three-unit, 45 hour course in STEM Readiness, designed to provide a refresher in core skills necessary for STEM careers. The course is available for use by independent learners or to support more formal instruction, including online, hybrid and flipped classroom approaches. Units in mathematics, communication and professionalism are currently available and have been used by over 500 NSC students and thousands of learners outside the consortium. Data from these interactions is being used to plan for continued iterative improvement to the courses. Visit the OLI website to preview and use the course.

Healthcare IT
This course offers an overview of healthcare, health information technology, and health information management systems, focusing on the role and responsibilities of entry-level health IT specialists in each phase of the health information management systems lifecycle. The curriculum is aligned to the new Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification, designed for students who have previous experience in IT or healthcare as a pathway into health IT careers. This course is a collaborative effort of TAACCCT grantees, in particular Bellevue Colleges and MoHealthWINs. We are looking for faculty/content experts who can participate in the design of and write the content for learning activities and assessments that support students to achieve key learning outcomes and overcome common misconceptions. The faculty/content experts do not need to participate in the design of the entire course but rather can choose one or more module(s) in which they have expertise. Please contact us if you are getting involved in use or authoring.