Congrats to the UMass for their pilot OER program which is saving students over 7x the university’s investment in the very first year.
Eight faculty members were awarded a total of 10 grants, $1,000 per course, to adopt a new curricular resource strategy using easily identified digital resources. Under the program, faculty developed a variety of alternatives, from creating an online open access lab manual to utilizing e-books and streaming media available through the Librariesâ€™ numerous databases. In support of this initiative, librarians developed a comprehensive subject guide to open educational resources.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, it is estimated this $10,000 investment will save 700 students more than $72,000 â€“ money that would have been spent on commercial textbooks for these courses.
Our own Utah Open Textbook Project keeps moving forward, too…