Over the last decade, the language faculty at KU have created a wide range of Open Educational Resources (OER), loosely defined as teaching and learning materials distributed to the public at little or no cost.  This work takes place within a broader university focus on Open Access that can be traced back over twenty years and was codified in 2010 when the Faculty Senate passed a resolution declaring that “[t]he faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) is committed to sharing the intellectual fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible and lowering barriers to its access".  KU’s strong commitment to Open Access can also be seen in the Libraries’ 2016 OER Grant Initiative, which supports the adoption of OER on campus, and a Provost-level Textbook Working Group focused on the broader issue of textbook affordability.  The Open Language Resource Center is, as such, the logical evolution of years of institutional investment in Open Access and the abiding commitment of the faculty at the University of Kansas to promote the study of languages.

The Open Language Resource Center was designated one of sixteen national Foreign Language Resource Centers from 2018 until 2022.  The contents of this website were developed under grant P229A180008 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.