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Open Education

George Washington University

Washington, DC, United States
Official Website @GWTweets

Type: Private 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 25,613

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OER LibGuide


In 2016, GW Libraries and Academic Innovation appointed a team of librarians and education staff to promote the use of open educational resources amongst faculty. Our goal is to reduce the cost of textbooks for GW students using OER when possible, and other alternative texts such as library resources to ultimately improve student success. Our initiative is promoted by the Provost and the Student Association Senate. To encourage the use of Open Textbooks and other OERs our team hosts library workshops for faculty to learn where to find OER and how to implement them in their courses. We also work with the liaison librarians to find more open/affordable materials catered to each subject area.

In fall 2017, the OER Team launched the program Top Textbooks at GW Libraries to further our efforts to impact student success and college affordability. Top Textbooks at GW Libraries acquires up to five copies of required textbooks for a select list of undergraduate, high enrollment courses with expensive textbooks and place them on course reserve for all students to use in accordance with current course reserve practices/loan periods.

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OER Programs

WRLC Textbook Affordability Working Group

The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) Textbook Affordability Working Group is made up of 10 members representing each of the institutions in the DC-area library consortia. The goal of this working group is to advocate for open educational resources (OER) and other low/no cost options by promoting their use through our membership in the Open Education Network (OEN), faculty workshops, marketing, LibGuides, and a community of practice.

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Duration: 10/2019 - 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 Adoption, OER Pedagogy, OER Review/Assessment, OER Research

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 13,500

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OER Events

Open Education: Access, Affordability,and Academic Success

Open Education Network's virtual OER training workshop on October 1, 2020 was designed to help attendees from each of the institutions in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) gain expertise in helping faculty understand that open and affordable course materials contribute to equity in education and improve students' academic performance.

Date: Oct. 1, 2020

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 75

Promotional Material

OER Resources

Teaching Online with Open and Affordable Course Materials

Video promoting OER as a key resource during the switch to virtual learning on campuses in 2020.

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GW Libraries & Academic Innovation