In 2016, the Library was awarded a $10,000 grant from Reach out for Schools to support the WSU Open Educational Resources Initiative. This initial grant enabled us to fund ten $1,000 mini-grants supporting faculty for the first time in redesigning a course based around open educational resources, as opposed to higher-priced, conventionally published textbooks. Fortunately we continued to receive the funding supports from the WSU Academic Affair and Reach out for Schools afterwards to make this initiative going further. So far, we have funded more than 30 classes and saved students thousands of dollars.
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General information and resources.
Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.
Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:
From http://www.sparc.arl.org/about. SPARC® is the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.