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. Recommendations included:
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:
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For instructors who are interested in adopting or creating OER 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.
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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. OTN invites instructors to review textbooks and publish their comments on the OTN website. WSU is a member of Open Textbook Network and has hosted workshops for faculty where reviews are invited.