Our Mission

The SkillsCommons’ mission is to accelerate the democratization of education for all through open educational services and resources enabling individuals, communities, educational institutions, organizations, and businesses to prepare people for successful employment in the 21st century.

Our History

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.  The $1.9 billion investment by the US Department of Labor produced a comprehensive collection of workforce-related Open Educational Resources (OER) created by over 700 community colleges across the nation.  The OER can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by an individual, institution, and industry for FREE with the proper attribution to the original author of the resources.

SkillsCommons.org is designed and managed by the California State University and its MERLOT program for the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT program under a 4+ year cooperative agreement. The California State University/MERLOT team works with other TAACCCT partners to support the TAACCCT grantees in the creation and contribution of quality OER that are stored in the SkillsCommons online library.

SkillsCommons will be sustained as a CSU-MERLOT service after the cooperative agreement has concluded.

California State University and MERLOT

The California State University and its MERLOT program has provided free and open educational resources and services for over 21 years. MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) facilitates an international consortium and community of educators and learners sharing, creating, adopting, and curating free and open educational resources to improve access, affordability, and quality of learning and teaching. With CSU-MERLOT’s launching of its Digital Marketplace Initiative (2004) and Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative (2010), CSU-MERLOT has enabled institutions around the world to save students millions of dollars by providing free access to quality, online learning materials.