OpenSkill for All

Developing Essential Skills through Active Open Educational Resources (OER)

What is OpenSkill?

OpenSkill develops open education resources (Active OER) that foster essential workforce skills as part of a $2.5M funded program by the 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.

3 Community College Partners

4 OpenSkill Tools

6 OER Textbooks

What is available?

OpenSkill Tools are customizable digital resources enabling active learning that fosters essential skills, portable across disciplines. Active learning is at the heart of the OpenSkill vision because skills are best learned by doing. No two students will have the same experience. 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 Resources


Ready-to-use student assignments and teacher guides for OpenSkill Tools that place them in particular course and disciplinary contexts

Content Packages

Faculty-curated best-of-breed existing OER resources that can be integrated with OpenSkill Tools and Tool Resources


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:

  1. English Composition I & II

  2. Interpersonal Communication

  3. Student Success

  4. Introductory Chemistry

  5. Introductory Biology

Why focus on Essential Skills?

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

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creativity

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Communication

  • Innovation

  • Reasoning

  • Technical Proficiency

  • 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.