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Open Education and Textbook Affordability at Oregon Tech

Initiatives and actions at Oregon Tech in regards to open education, OER, and Textbook affordability

Oregon Tech Initiative

graph of student savings by term 2018-2021

Oregon Tech Student Savings from Low and No Cost Initiatives

In 2017 the Oregon Tech Library launched an initiative to support faculty in switching from costly course materials to low and no cost alternatives with an emphasis on open educational resources (OER). As of summer 2021 students at Oregon Tech have saved $826,902.74 through this program

How to participate

 

Students Faculty
Student voices are the most inportant ones in these conversations. We need to hear from students on how you access your course materials, what barriers you face, and how we can make it better.  Faculty can get involved by changing their course materials to be more accessible to students. This includes universal design and affordability. The following resources are here to help and support faculty in this area
  • Talk to your faculty. Tell them what works or does not work about the course materials
  • Talk to the library. The library is in connection with state programs and other groups in support of these efforts. We can connect you to resources and advocate with you.
  • Work with ASOIT on resolutions and calls to action to better meet the needs of fellow students.
  • Look on this page and through the app for other opourtunities to be heard and to participate in these activities. Open Education week is the first week of March and we have had student focussed events each year of the program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed once per term.

Take the Oregon Tech Open education course (Asynchronous)

Participate in the Open Educational Resources Team

Report enrollment in courses you are using no cost and open materials

 

Also check out the University Textbook Affordability Plan written in 2020