Featured Free Project Resources

Here you will find our archive of featured free project resources. They are as good, if not better, than other costly options. Feel free to review our list below, where you can filter based on resource type, product category, or by keyword.
Be sure to come back every every month on Free Resource Friday for new templates, tools, and resources.
Disclaimer: Optimal Partners is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with the websites or products listed. We only endorse services that we either have personal experience with or that we’ve researched thoroughly.
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EssentialPIM: Free Time Management Software

Free Personal Information Management Software

Being efficient and organized is key to staying ahead of the game in Higher Ed IT. EssentialPIM offers a free version of their personal information management software that allows for you to do just that, as well as assign to-dos, maintain contact… [Read More...]

Higher Ed IT Product Reviewing Tools from G2 Crowd

G2 Product Reviewing

Figuring out which Higher Ed IT product fits all of your institution's needs is one of the most difficult parts of a project. G2 Crowd, a software reviewing site, offers plenty of tools to help you compare and evaluate products for a variety of di… [Read More...]

Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum

DataWarehousingForum

If you work in Higher Ed IT, you understand how important it is to share advice with peers in the field. The Higher Ed Data Warehousing Forum offers that opportunity and then some, allowing users to share ideas and discuss upcoming projects while … [Read More...]

Texas Department of Information Resources Document Library

TexasDIR

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has an extensive library of useful IT-related templates that cover many different subjects, from policy to reports to planning documents, all for free on their website. We're proud to be your Hig… [Read More...]

The Easiest Way to Make Mind Maps

MindMapsFreeMind

Mind maps are a great way to visually represent any plan, project, or problem that needs to be fixed by separating everything into individual segments and showing how they're connected. If you use mind maps frequently, you may want to try Free Min… [Read More...]

Educause Conferences & Events

EducauseConferences

If you're looking to get more involved in the Higher Ed IT community, Educause is the place to start. Their Conferences & Events page provides users information on conferences that they host, as well as a suite of tools to find out about other eve… [Read More...]

7 Useful LMS Selection Process Templates

LMSselection

Are you evaluating vendors, products, and services for an upcoming LMS project? The Orange Grove has a collection of templates available for download that will help you find the right questions you'll need to ask prospective vendors. Just keep in … [Read More...]

Trajectories in Digital Technology in Higher Ed

DigitalTechnology

Curious about where Higher Ed technology is heading? Check out Educause's look at the six most prominent trajectories for IT in the coming years, ranging from advancements in learning management systems to open educational resources. Students are … [Read More...]

FindWhitepapers: An Extensive Library of IT Resources

FindWhitepapers

Free high-quality IT white papers are hard to come by, so it's rare to find a resource library as extensive as FindWhitePapers.com. They provide thousands of white papers on a myriad of different topics, from IT management to security, and everyth… [Read More...]

Educause Higher Ed IT Buyer’s Guide

EducauseBuyersGuide

Educause is undoubtedly one of the best websites for Higher Ed IT professionals, and their Buyers Guide is one of their best resources. All you need to do is type in your project and Educause will retrieve a list of IT vendors that create products… [Read More...]

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