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Washington State University

Pullman, WA, United States
Official Website @WSUPullman

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 28,686

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OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Washington State University (WSU) is a public land-grant institution with a heritage of service to many publics including faculty, students, and surrounding communities. In 2016 the Associated Students of Washington State University called for consideration of open educational resources (OERs) as a strategy for supporting student success (see their Course Materials Cost Reduction Initiative). WSU responded by forming a Course Materials Cost Reduction Steering Committee to explore cost-saving measures including increased support for development, adoption, and adaptation of OERs.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Affordable Learning Grants

Affordable Learning Grants were provided on a competitive basis to WSU faculty members in summer 2017 to facilitate course development around open educational resources. The project was supported by WSU Libraries, Academic Outreach and Innovation, and the WSU Provost's Office. It is as yet ongoing.

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Duration: 08/2016 - 12/2017

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Pedagogy

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Adoption, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Publication, OER Review/Assessment, OER Research

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 20,000

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Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Typical amount of each grant: $ 5,000

OER Events

Open Education: Outcomes, Equity, and Faculty Empowerment

"Open Education: Outcomes, Equity, and Faculty Empowerment" was a talk presented by David Wiley at WSU Vancouver in March 2017. This talk served as a kick-off for a set of summer projects to design courses around OERs.

Date: March 29, 2017 - March 29, 2017

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Scope: OER (open course content)

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Death of a Textbook: A Macabre Display in Four Acts

In conjunction with Open Access Week, this display at WSU Libraries used Halloween tropes to satirize problems in academic publishing and to present open educational resources (OERs) as potential alternatives to costly commercial texts.

Date: Oct. 1, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2017

Scope: OER (open course content)

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OER Resources

Affordable Learning Guide

This guide summarizes OER and Affordable Learning initiatives active at Washington State University and presents suggestions for locating, assessing, and adopting OERs.

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Resource Citation:
Anderson, T. & O'English, L. (2016). Open Educational Resources (OERs): Tools for Affordable Learning. [Libguide]. Retrieved from

Point of Contact

Talea Anderson
Scholarly Communication Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, WSU Libraries