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Hi All,


There has been quite a bit of interest in the creation of a sustainable OER partnership among Medical Schools, institutions providing Healthcare programs, and repository providers. The cost of developing medical education resources can be quite high and is duplicated across institutions. Enabling national and global access to medical open educational resources (OERs) has the potential for improving health education and delivery, reducing cost for development, and expanding access to instructional content.


We are pleased to report that The Orange Grove repository and Florida State University College of Medicine will facilitate the first meeting to discuss the potential of a medical OER partnership. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th at 3:00–4:00 pm EST; 8:00-9:00 pm GMT. This meeting will give us a chance to discuss the OER history of our institutions, common challenges, potential solutions, and next steps for the group. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe to be interested in medical OERs.


Please complete the  Contact Information Form if you are interested in participating. If there is indeed a group that is interested in collaborating on medical OERs, taking it one step forward and forming a medical OER consortium  could also could potentially lead to the acceptance of medical OERs in promotion and tenure reviews. The FSU College of Medicine Open Educational Resources Task Force Final Report may be helpful to your medical community in understanding medical OERs.




Robin Donaldson


Robin Donaldson, Ph.D

Project Manager, The Orange Grove

Director, Open Access Textbooks Project

Florida Distance Learning Consortium




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