Extending Open Textbook Network Workshop and Reviews to Include All OER and Library Materials
The cost of higher education is a barrier for many students, keeping them from attaining their goals. While textbooks and course materials are just a small part of the total cost of attendance, this is the area where faculty can have a direct impact in lowering costs. By choosing openly licensed course materials, faculty can not only help students save money but also have complete control over customizing their curriculum. This article describes a workshop model that offers stipends for faculty to review open educational resources (OER), which increases the likelihood that they will go on to adopt OER in their courses. Librarians at Umpqua Community College (UCC) extended the workshop model, and their innovation is now being implemented statewide.