In collaboration with the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU), Interim President Dan 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.
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
For instructors who are interested in adopting or creating OERs for their classes, WSU has provided support in 2017-2019 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 and 2018, WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) invited faculty members to apply for grants of $1,000-$5,000 to fund the adoption or development of OERs for use in classes. Applicants were asked to demonstrate that course costs could be reduced through use of OERs or library-licensed content. During summer 2017 and summer 2018, WSU Libraries and AOI assisted successful applicants as they located, adapted, or adopted appropriate materials. It is hoped that grant funding and support will continue into the future. Please contact Talea Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-2266 for more information.
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 email@example.com or 509-335-2266.