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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 for OER and open textbooks has been renewed annually.

In 2023,  U.S. Congress allocated $12 million in renewal funding for the Open Textbook Pilot grant program. This $12 million brings the total amount of funding to a significant $47 million over six years. Projects funded by the grant program are expected to save students more than $220 million on textbook costs, with even more to come.

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