In 2016, I presented at INTESOL (Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Indianapolis about “Open Educational Resources in the Language Classroom”. With two colleagues, I explained the Creative Commons licenses, where to find openly-licenses resources, and addressed how to implement OER in ESL courses. More recently, I developed a website on WordPress called “Italian Open Education” where I promote OER, OEP and the Open Education Movement. The objective of this site is to offer cutting-edge openly licensed materials to language educators while supporting equal access to course materials and the sharing of resources with the wider community. Many students are not able to travel to the target country and experience the target culture due to financial and geographical constraints; with virtual reality OER we can give students access to authentic environments previously inaccessible. I discussed the use and development of this site with Italian language learners during two presentations. In 2018 at the AZLA (Arizona Language Association) conference in Phoenix and in 2019 during an IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology) webinar, named “Virtual Reality in the Language Classroom: Principles and Practices”. The audience at AZLA was comprised of high school teachers who had not heard about OER and virtual reality before. It was a great opportunity to share with other instructors how they can integrate innovative and openly-licensed resources in the language classroom and how such resources can be tailored to a particular group of students. In 2018 I published an article titled “Open educational resources in higher education”, which appeared in ITET (Issues and Trends in Educational Technology). In this article I explained OER and I listed numerous platforms and sites that teachers can access to find and use OER for their own courses. Furthermore, I have been working on a book chapter, which has been accepted and will be published in 2019, that will be included in the book “New case studies of openness in the language classroom” edited by A. Beaven, A. Comas-Quinn, and B. Sawhill. The title of the chapter is “Italian Open Education: Virtual immersions for the language classroom”. In this work I explain how Italian Open Education came to life, the reasoning behind the creation of OER virtual reality videos, the materials and resources that were used in the development of the site, and finally how students enrolled in beginner and intermediate Italian courses used such videos to gain a deeper and multifaceted understanding of the Italian culture.