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.
Freeing the Textbook: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018 - "The 2017-2018 survey on teaching materials in U.S. higher education shows a steady growth in awareness of open educational resources (OER). Responses from over 4,000 faculty and department chairpersons paint a picture of steady improvement, with almost 50% of faculty now reporting OER awareness. ... Faculty and department chairpersons believe that the high cost of course material has a negative impact on student access. ... The 'open' aspect of OER resonates with faculty; they see it as an excellent match to academic principles." Included are PDF links to Custom OER Analysis and previous reports.
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.
Getting started - the OER Starter Kit Workbook from CUNY -
The OER Starter Kit Workbook is a remix of The OER Starter Kit released last year. The new edition includes worksheets attached to each chapter to help instructors practice the skills they need to confidently find, use, or create open educational resources (OER). We welcome instructors, librarians, instructional designers, administrators, and anyone else interested in OER to explore the workbook for their use.
Published in CUNY's Manifold platform, as you work through the chapters, you can annotate them privately or publicly, make a copy of the worksheets to use on your own, or share the worksheets with others. The authors have provided the worksheets as Google Docs for hands-on editing. These can be integrated into workshops or used for self-paced instruction.
TDL Webinar link to Faculty - Intro to Pressbooks - this is a subscription resource for creating your own OER.
Texas Digital Library is excited to present a new webinar series highlighting practical steps to getting started with OER (open educational resources).
All the webinars in this series are free and open to anyone who is interested. Webinars will run approximately 60 minutes including time for live Q&A.
The series will kick off next month and coincide with Open Education Week:
March 5, 2019, 3pm CST | Lessons Learned in OER
Lessons Learned in OER will present an introduction to the breadth of issues, challenges, and early wins for getting started with OER.
Phillip Anaya, Digital & OER Coordinator, Alamo Colleges District
Carrie Gits, Austin Community College
DeeAnn Ivie, Open Education Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio
Rusty Kimball, Texas A&M University
Colleen Lyon, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
Ursula Pike, Austin Community College
Kelly Visnak, University of Texas at Arlington
Sign up for the series and learn more about upcoming webinars at https://www.tdl.org/2019/02/
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:
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: