Open Educational Resources
We seek to advance affordable, equitable, culturally relevant, and high-quality learning experiences for postsecondary students by increasing the number of courses and faculty that use open educational resources (OER).
Open educational resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.
OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks for post-secondary students. The nonprofit ed tech initiative is a Michelson 20MM grantee based at Rice University and is committed to helping students access the tools they need to complete their courses and meet their educational goals.
United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund
Michelson 20MM supported a report by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (U.S. PIRG) analyzing the textbook industry’s new automatic-billing framework, also known as “inclusive access,” which has been adopted by major publishers as a tactic for recouping market share and increasing sales revenue. The report found that this new model fails to save students money and reduces faculty and student choice around instructional materials.
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
Through a Michelson Spark Grant, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) collaborated with OER and online education champions across California community colleges to capture and document successful models for bringing OER into remote learning. Their findings resulted in two best practices guides: one for administrators and one for faculty members.
The Michelson 20MM-funded CCC Community Hub enables faculty and staff within the California community college system to access a localized repository with rich collaborating, sharing, and evaluation tools. Each California Community College has its own group inside the hub; there are also discipline specific hubs for the California community to work together on developing and supporting OER.
- Open Educational Resources: A Viable Alternative in a Changing Landscape (Philanthropy News Digest, August, 2019)
- Transform Higher Education–Make Textbooks Free (EdSource, October, 2020)
- Automatic Textbook Billing: An Offer Students Can’t Refuse? (US PIRG, February, 2020)
- OER and Online Learning Administrator QuickStart Guide (ISKME, January, 2021)
- OER and Online Learning Faculty QuickStart Guide (ISKME, October, 2020)
- California Community College Librarian Survey on OER (Michelson 20MM Foundation, 2019)