January 18, 2022

Open Textbooks: OpenStax, OER Commons Partner on Community Hubs

From Rice University:

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax is partnering with OER Commons to provide online community hubs where instructors can freely share and modify syllabuses, homework, study guides and other open-copyright course materials that are made specifically for each of the free textbooks in OpenStax’s growing catalog.

OpenStax has 25 titles, and more than 1.5 million college students have used its books, which will save college students an estimated $70 million during the 2016-17 academic year. OER Commons, operated by the nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), is a digital public library that offers tools for collaboration, sharing and remixing openly licensed course materials. Serving more than 5 million users, OER Commons is curated by full-time librarians and features tools for evaluation, quality review and improvement of high-quality resources. Users of the OpenStax community hub also have access to over 100,000 items across OER Commons’ resource libraries that can be used to supplement their own teaching and learning materials.

Direct to New Community Hubs

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Open Textbooks: Number of Students Using OpenStax Textbooks Has More Than Doubled Since January 2016, 1.5 Million+ Students Have Used OpenStax Textbooks Since 2012 (September 27, 2016)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.