Massachusetts Colleges Collaborate to Create Culturally Relevant Open Textbooks

During Open Education week you don’t have to look far to find exciting initiatives that are building new open education resources that also help create more inclusive learning experiences for all students.   In September 2021 a consortium of six

OER Petting Zoo: reasonably priced print editions of OERs

Good news for those who prefer print: an Oregon OER organization has compiled an online list of OERs available as print editions for reasonable prices from self-publishing (Lulu) and institutional (Stanford University, SUNY) platforms. In a 2019 story announcing the

WPI faculty share what course materials they require and how they use OERs

Over 50 WPI faculty from 20 departments and programs responded to survey questions in B Term about how they choose course materials, what kinds of access their students have to these materials, and their awareness and interest in learning more

Textbook affordability in the pandemic: impacts and PIRG recommendations

One of the compelling arguments for OER is that open course materials reduce inequalities and increase access to learning materials. One organization that tracks affordability impacts closely is PIRG. in February 2021 they issued the third edition of their report

WPI faculty input invited on Open Educational Resources: survey open now!

The WPI AAC&U OER Initiative needs your input! To learn more about the course textbook environment at WPI, this fall the team invited students to share what they do to afford expensive textbooks – only 5 reported they “always’” buy