December 1, 2021

OER: OpenStax and Collaborators Receive $1.13 Million in U.S. Department of Education Funding to Develop Free Textbooks

From Rice University/Open Stax:

OpenStax and its 12 collaborators have received U.S. Department of Education funding to develop three new free, openly licensed textbooks for in-demand computer science courses. The books will be accompanied by comprehensive support, including educational technology and instructor training.

The textbooks, serving a sector of higher education that includes 2.5 million students, are expected to save students more than $110 million over five years.

OpenStax and the Consortium of Open Resource Educators (CORE) have received $1.13 million to develop the new texts. The funding will come from the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), which supports technology upgrades at community colleges to back cybersecurity curriculum, provides grants to make college more affordable and expands access to open textbooks.OpenStax, a Rice University educational technology initiative, leads CORE, which includes the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Pasadena City College, Florida International University, the Houston Community College System and Prairie View A&M University.

The new computer science textbooks will build on existing open educational resources. CORE will work with OpenStax’s technology partners to integrate the texts’ content with adaptive technology and create additional packages to accompany the books and provide professional development for effective instruction.

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.

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