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Open Education

University of Oklahoma - Norman

Norman, OK, United States
Official Website @UofOklahoma

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 27,261

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In February, 2013, University of Oklahoma (OU) president, David Boren, issued a letter to all OU faculty members highlighting the high cost of textbooks, expressing his strong “support for the move to open access materials in teaching and research,” and a charge to carefully “evaluate whether our textbooks and course materials add value to the educational experience equal to their cost to our students.” President Boren’s letter also announced the imminent hiring of one of the nation’s first full-time librarians dedicated solely to OER who soon thereafter launched OU’s primary OER initiative, OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Grant.

Since 2014, OU Libraries' Alternative Textbook Grants have helped reduce the cost of course materials by supporting faculty members in the adoption, modification, or creation of openly licensed course content or library resources. OU-Norman full-time faculty are eligible to apply for awards of up to $2,500 in funding and support. In 2015 the OU College of Arts and Sciences agreed to begin contributing funds to their faculty grantees. The Price College of Business followed suit in 2016 as did the Gallogly College of Engineering in 2018.

These grants are designed to support faculty in the adoption of openly licensed solutions to reduce the cost of course materials for students.  Alternative Textbooks give faculty members the power to customize content specifically for their courses as well as provide less expensive textbooks for their students.

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OER Programs

OER Action Committee

Under the leadership of the Open Educational Resources (OER) unit at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries, the OER Action Committee is charged with promoting the awareness, reach, and uptake of OER at the University of Oklahoma. In carrying out this responsibility the committee 1) works to increase open access to educational resources and ensures continued student success and monetary savings at OU, 2) collectively devises strategies to increase the awareness of OER among OU faculty members, staff, and the student body, 3) strengthens partnership efforts and establishes effective feedback channels with the entities represented in the committee with the aim of advancing OER initiatives throughout the university, and 4) prepares a yearly report on the activities of the committee at the end of each academic year.

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Duration: 05/2017 - Present

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

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Research, OER Adoption, OER Publication, OER Pedagogy

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Total Student Savings to Date: $ 230,000

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 131,350

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 74

Typical amount of each grant: $ 1,775

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Point of Contact

Cody Taylor
Open Education Coordinator