May 28, 2022

40 Iowa Colleges Have Combined For a Joint Membership to the Open Textbook Network (OTN)

From the Iowa Board of Regents:

In a continuing effort to make higher education more affordable, 40 Iowa colleges and universities have combined for a joint membership with the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.


This partnership is due in great part to the efforts of the Iowa Open Educational Resources Action Team (Iowa OER). Formed in 2018, Iowa OER works to support affordability of higher education for students across the state of Iowa. Iowa OER currently has higher education membership from Iowa’s Regent universities, community colleges, and private colleges, in addition to the Iowa Department of Education, and other education partners.


Prior to this expanded partnership, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and St. Ambrose were already individual members of the OTN. This expanded consortia includes those four institutions; all 15 of Iowa’s community colleges; as well as Drake, Grinnell, Briar Cliff, Buena Vista, Central, Clarke, Cornell, Divine Word, Dordt, Graceland, Grand View, Iowa Wesleyan, Loras, Luther, Maharishi, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mount Mercy, Northwestern, Simpson, Upper Iowa, and William Penn. The private college and university participation is coordinated by the Iowa Academic Library Alliance.

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