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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is intended to assist Oakland University faculty in learning about, finding and teaching with OER.

OER news & bills

U.S. bills and legislation
Open Textbook Pilot funding was secured through the two-year bipartisan budget deal for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, which included $2 billion per year in designated funds to aid college completion and affordability.

Spending has been renewed annually, totaling $24 million for open textbook programs that benefit students across the country. 

In 2021 - the Department of Education has awarded $7 million to fund 9 projects submitted during the November 2020 competition. 

Savings Reports
"OpenStax estimates that the 2.2 million students are saving $177 million by using the free, openly licensed books"

State Legislation

More than half of all U.S. states have considered OER legislation in past years, and the trend continues as more leaders recognize the benefits of open educational resources and practices.

SPARC OER-Related Policy Tracking READ Enacted OER-Related Policies