Skip to Main Content

OPEN FL: Rapid Response -- Adopting OER in an emergency

Guide for the open and affordable learning community of Florida, OPEN FL.

Adopting OER in an Emergency

Events, such as pandemics and hurricanes, can prompt quick migrations to online learning. This page brings together resources for rapid assimilation into coursework.  We hope that this provides aid in times of emergency, uncertainty, or transition.  

As an historical example, when COVID-19 hit in 2020, vendors offered limited-time free access to their tools and platforms.  Then and today, we urge you to consider online resources that are always free or affordable. Please also consider that students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual if they’re not able to work or are limited in work hours due to an event like a pandemic or natural disaster. Consider investing your time, now or over summer, in trying resources and tools that will continue to be free to you and your students when circumstances return to normal and will provide equal access to learning resources on day one.  

Don’t forget library resources! The library also has robust digital collections and archives, ebooks, and streaming video services year round.

Quick info re current emergencies from Florida DOE: