Open Oregon State newsletter

Spring 2017

Oregon State University

This is the first in a series of quarterly newsletters from Open Oregon State, a unit within OSU's Division of Extended Campus that works with faculty like you to create open educational resources (OER) for on-campus and OSU Ecampus courses.


What are open educational resources?

  Open educational resources at OSU

Open educational resources are digital materials that exist online in the public domain and are offered freely for students, teachers and researchers to share, use and reuse as a means of increasing the world's access to knowledge.

Open Oregon State aims to establish a competitive OER program that focuses on reusable digital components, including free online textbooks, course modules, full courses, lectures, quizzes and classroom activities – all located in digital media collections around the world.

Visit the Open Oregon State website to learn about OSU's OER initiative.


Remove student barriers – join the open movement

  Book costs

You can make it easier for your students to afford textbooks and eliminate a major barrier to graduation by joining OSU's open textbook initiative.

Open Oregon State, in partnership with OSU Libraries and Press, is accepting proposals to adapt, adopt or develop open textbooks. You will receive financial, technical and editorial support from Open Oregon State during the creation or adaptation process.

Learn more about all current requests for OER proposals.


Textbook grant could save students $100K in costs

  How textbook costs impact Oregon State University students

Oregon State's efforts to make college more affordable were enhanced when it was awarded a $30,000 grant to adapt a biology textbook that will be freely accessible to OSU students and learners worldwide.

It is estimated the textbook, which will be available for use this coming fall term, will eliminate $100,000 in OSU student spending each year.


Work with faculty worldwide to develop open texts


Increase your impact on the world of higher education by collaboratively writing, editing and reviewing an open textbook with academic personnel from institutions across the country.

Here are a few of many 2017 textbook projects in need of collaborators to fill various roles:

• An Introduction to Philosophy
• The Science of Human Nutrition
• Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• History of Applied Science and Technology

Contact Dianna Fisher, director of Open Oregon State, to learn how you can become involved and what role you can play in the development of these no-cost materials.


A year for celebrating and enhancing open access

  The Year of Open

Marked by significant milestones for open education, 2017 has been declared the Year of Open. Fifteen years ago, the term open educational resources was created, and the first Creative Commons licenses were released.

The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems and tools – created through collaborative approaches – that enhance our education and our world. Learn more about the Year of Open, find upcoming events and discover how you can become involved.