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Portland State University

Portland, OR, United States
Official Website @Portland_State

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 27,696

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Portland State University (PSU) is a public research university located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The cost of textbooks and other course materials is a major concern and financial barrier for students attending Portland State University. PDXOpen: Reducing Student Textbook Costs, a PSU Library program to address this issue, was launched in 2013 to provide technical and financial support for faculty members to create open textbooks that aim to reduce costs for students and better position Portland State University as a leader in academic innovation. The initiative provides author funding and support – project manager, copyright/fair use/Creative Commons assistance – and a platform to publish open textbooks. We do not provide copy editing, proofreading, layout/design or peer review services. Authors use the $2,500 award at their discretion for these and other related services.

In 2015 Portland State University published a report on the cost of textbooks and course materials to the University community. The report – "Reducing Student Costs: A Report on Textbooks and Course Materials" – investigates what could be done at Portland State University to alleviate students’ cost burdens for acquiring textbooks and course materials. The University also joined the Open Textbook Network to help support the growth of open textbooks and encourage adoption of open textbooks.

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OER Programs

PDXOpen: Open Access Textbook Publishing

PDXOpen is an open access textbook publishing initiative designed to support Portland State University faculty developing open access textbooks. We work with faculty authors to publish high-quality open access textbooks designed specifically for their courses, that are free to students at our university and to anyone throughout the world.

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Duration: 10/2014 - Present

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Publication

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Research, OER Review/Assessment, OER Pedagogy

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Total Student Savings to Date: $ 200,000

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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: $ 42,500

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 17

Typical amount of each grant: $ 2,500

Point of Contact

Karen Bjork
Head of Digital Initiatives