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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.

The team is currently working on implementing a Low Income Textbook Lending Program through the library’s course reserves for Fall 2017. In furthering our efforts to impact textbook affordability at GW the library will acquire 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.

Campus Details

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Point of Contact

GW Open Team
GW Libraries & Academic Innovation