Idaho’s Open Education Community

Idaho’s open education community spans institutions, grade levels, and disciplines. We meet regularly, collaborate often, and invite anyone to join the conversation. Below is a list of some of our current initiatives, organizations, and opportunities related to open education in the Gem State.

Contact Dr. Jonathan Lashley for more information about how to join the conversation.

Open Practitioners, Advocates, and Leaders (OPAL)

Started in 2017, this statewide community of practice meets online for 30-minutes every week and is a platform for sharing ideas, experiences, needs, and interests with others who practice and/or support open education at Idaho’s public universities and colleges.

OPAL Faculty Fellowships

The Open Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Leadership (OPAL) Faculty Fellowship Program is sponsored by one-time funding from the Idaho legislature in 2019. 15 faculty are working across institutions to learn about open publishing, experiment with digital pedagogy, and assemble open educational resources for use in Idaho’s common-numbered general education matriculation (GEM) courses.

Open Education Network

The Idaho State Board of Education and its 8 public institutions have been proud members of the Open Education Network (formerly the Open Textbook Network) since 2018.

Open Education Network Member