OpenSkill for All

Developing Essential Skills through Active Open Educational Resources

What is OpenSkill?

OpenSkill develops open educational resources (Active OER) that foster essential workforce skills as part of a $3.4M funded program by the U.S. Department of Education. The development team includes Arizona State University's Center for Education Through Exploration (ETX) and three community college partners: Maricopa Community Colleges, Ivy Tech Community College, and Miami Dade College.


Community College Systems


OpenSkill Tools



What are OpenSkill Tools?

OpenSkill Tools are customizable digital resources enabling active learning that foster essential skills, portable across disciplines. Active learning is at the heart of the OpenSkill vision because skills are best learned by doing. OpenSkill Tools can be used alone or supported with ready-to-use assignments, guides, and quality, existing OER materials, all made available on the OpenSkill Hub.

OpenSkill Tools

Tool Resources

Ready-to-use student assignments and instructor guides for OpenSkill Tools that contextualize them for particular course or discipline

OER Coursebooks

Faculty-curated best-of-breed existing OER that can be integrated with OpenSkill Tools and Tool Resources and used as a textbook

The OpenSkill Hub

A web repository for accessing all OpenSkill resources, licensed CC BY (or as remixed OER material directs), and an active user community

The Active OER resources can be used a la carte or bundled together in course content packages.

Packages will be developed for the following courses:

English Composition I & II

Interpersonal Communication

Student Success

Introductory Chemistry

Non-Majors Biology

Why focus on Essential Skills?

Essential Workforce Skills are those used every day in the academic, personal, and vocational life, and include skills such as:

Critical Thinking


Reading Comprehension




Technical Proficiency

Data Visualization

Targeted development of essential skills is often overshadowed by the need to cover disciplinary content. Therefore, faculty need innovative tools that can simultaneously teach disciplinary content and develop and practice essential skills.

Full release will be Spring 2022! Beta Now.

If you would like to test our beta version, we are seeking faculty, administrators, learning designers, technologists, and OER experts, to provide feedback and guide the future of digital learning.

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