The high cost of textbooks has become a major problem for many students. However, there is a group at Iowa State working against the cost barrier by advocating for the use of less costly course materials in the classroom.
The Open & Affordable Education Committee, a partnership between the University Library, CELT, ISU Book Store, Provost, Student Government, and others, provides support for faculty interested in affordable course materials at Iowa State. Nora Ryan (Office of Equal Opportunity) and Cyndi Wiley (IT Administration) joined the committee this spring.
The committee can provide support to help faculty understand the options available for making their course more affordable, such as immediate access, course reserves, open educational resources (OER), and more.
One way the committee has worked to raise awareness about affordable course material options is by creating a new website about OER: free, openly licensed educational materials that can be edited by instructors.
News, events, and information about the support services available to faculty interested in OER and other affordable course materials will be shared via this website.
An important feature on the site is the OER Trailblazers Showcase, which highlights the work that select instructors at Iowa State University are doing to make their courses more affordable for students.
To learn more about Open Educational Resources at ISU, visit the new OER website or contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.