Category Archives: Policy

Advocate for affordable textbooks and open education!

This message is for all Oregonians! HB 2214 is a bill to fund affordable textbooks and open education in Oregon’s colleges and universities. Will you please help let our legislators know how important this issue is? If you are represented by a member of the Joint Ways & Means Committee, or the Education Subcommittee of… Read More »

Small Dollar Amounts Are Significant

Here are three reasons why seemingly small dollar amounts are significant. Taken together, they confirm that lowering textbook prices makes a big difference for students and that support for open educational resources is an effective use of public funding. Read more…

Evaluating Oregon’s Open Educational Resources Designation Requirement

No-cost/low-cost schedule designations are an important way for students to make informed choices at the point of registration. Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission requested a research report evaluating the effectiveness of different implementations at Oregon’s colleges and universities, as required by HB 2871, passed in 2015. The report was completed in June 2018 by Brooke Freed, Amber Friedman, Sarah… Read More »

The Intersection of Accessibility and Open Educational Resources

The practice of adopting inaccessible, expensive curricular materials is bad for our students, and especially bad for our students with disabilities. We need to ensure access to our programs a whole rather than relying on the individual accommodation process and we can do this in partnership with the open education movement. Read more…