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Cultivating textbook alternatives from the ground up: One public university’s sustainable model for open and alternative educational resource proliferation
Journal Article
Special Issue: Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 18, Issue 4, Number 4, Pages 212-230, Start page 212
Published June 2017

ABSTRACT
This note from the field reviews the sustainability of an institution-wide program for adopting and adapting open and alternative educational resources (OAER) at Kansas State University (K-State). Developed in consult of open textbook initiatives at other institutions and modified around the needs and expectations of K-State students and faculty, this initiative proposes a sustainable means of incentivizing faculty participation via institutional support, encouraging the creation and maintenance of OAER through recurring funding, promoting innovative realizations of “educational resources” beyond traditional textbooks, and rallying faculty participation in adopting increasingly open textbook alternatives. The history and resulting structure of the initiative raise certain recommendations for how public universities may sustainably offset student textbook costs while also empowering the pedagogies of educators via a more methodical approach to adopting open materials.


Country: United States
Location: Athabasca, AB
ISSN: 1492-3831

Refereed: Yes



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