For instructors who are interested in adopting or creating OERs for their classes, WSU will provide support in 2017 via Affordable Learning Grants. The purpose of these grants is to reduce the cost of course materials while maintaining the quality of class content.
In early 2017, WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) will invite faculty members to apply for grants of $1,000-$5,000 to fund the adoption or development of OERs for use in classes. Applicants will need to demonstrate that course costs can be reduced through use of OERs or library-licensed content. During summer 2017, WSU Libraries and AOI will assist successful applicants as they locate, adapt, or adopt appropriate materials. Further details will be released as they are available. Please contact Talea Anderson at email@example.com or 509-335-2266 for more information.
In collaboration with the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU), President Bernardo convened a task force in 2016 to explore the issue of rising costs of course materials, potential solutions and alternatives, as well as challenges. The taskforce delivered recommendations in response to ASWSU’s Course Materials Cost Reduction Initiative in which students noted, “The proliferation of textbook prices, course fees, access codes, iClickers and other BYOD instructional formats have become a problem for the current generation of students. This is heightened by the inability to sell back textbooks and other materials.” Initial recommendations from the taskforce include:
For more information, see the final report delivered by the taskforce in May 2016.
In July 2016 Washington State University was chosen to participate in a strategic partnership program with OpenStax, a publisher of openly licensed textbooks. OpenStax is an initiative based at Rice University and funded by numerous sponsors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. OpenStax publishes over twenty textbooks primarily geared toward general education courses in disciplines including chemistry, biology, Calculus, U.S. history, sociology, economics, physics, psychology, and economics. All books are authored and reviewed by faculty members at colleges and universities across the country. Books are available digitally at no cost and in print for approximately $30-60.
Open Textbook Network (OTN) is an initiative at the University of Minnesota intended to help faculty members quickly find and assess open textbooks in use at other institutions of higher education. As OTN notes, open textbooks are “textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.” OTN invites instructors to review textbooks and publish their comments on the OTN website. Criteria for assessment include comprehensiveness of the book, accuracy, relevance and longevity, clarity, consistency, modularity, organization, interface, grammar, and cultural relevance.
Representatives from Open Textbook Network will visit WSU in January 2017 to introduce the Open Textbook Library and invite reviews of textbooks. Further details will be released as they become available. For more information, please contact Talea Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-2266.
If you are interested in doing an open education project, don't hesitate to reach out. WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation are partnering up to provide support, including the following:
For more information, feel free to get in touch with:
Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at WSU Libraries, email@example.com, 509-335-2266
Michael Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning, Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-546-9157
Theron Desrosier, Learning Design Consultant, Academic Outreach and Innovation, email@example.com, 509-335-9245