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Affordable College Textbook Act

This congressional bill would "expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students." First introduced in Congress in 2013, the Affordable College Textbook Act was reintroduced in 2015 and again in 2017 as H.R.3840 and S.1864.

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The ebook Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education is now available for free (as PDF or HTML) on the publisher's website. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0), which​ allows you to freely share, copy, distribute, and transmit the work.

OER Summits at Angelo State

Faculty Workshop, 1:30pm-3:30pm - REGISTER!

  • Affordability issues in higher education
  • Impact of costs from textbooks
  • Open textbooks and licensing
  • Faculty reviews (There will be 5 stipends of $200 each offered to faculty to review OER titles.)

Staff Workshop, 10am-11:30am - REGISTER!

  • Affordability and student success
  • Increase familiarity with open textbooks, tools and initiatives
  • Discuss why and how you might support OER

About OER

What are open educational resources?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain or have been released with an open license (often a Creative Commons license). Anyone can freely use, copy, adapt, and reshare OER. 

They encompass textbooks, full courses, syllabi, test questions, lecture notes, assignments, software, videos, lab notes, games, and more.

According to opencontent.org, to be considered "open," educational resources must be free and give users the freedom to do the 5 R's:

  1. Retain: make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse: use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise: adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix: combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute: share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons licensing is at the heart of the OER movement. CC allows creators to specify more flexible forms of copyright that allows "others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work."

Look for copyright information (often at the bottom of webpages). Creative Commons licensed material sometimes displays clickable icons that indicate the specifics of licensing. Examples:

  

See the Creative Commons website for more info. For help with selecting the correct license, try Creative Commons' License Chooser.

Texas Toolkit for OER

This toolkit is a living document that can help Texas institutions implement course marking solutions.

From the University of Texas Arlington l UTA LIBRARIES