On October 8 2015, a bill was introduced in Congress to support open textbook pilot programs at colleges and universities. This fact sheet provides information on the bill, its history, and significance.
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What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) "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 re-purposing by others. Open education resources include, full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knoweldge." The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
A project created and overseen by members of the three higher education systems in California (CCC, CSU, UC), "Cool 4 ED" provides access to free and open textbooks for use in lower division courses. While still in production, when completed, COOL4Ed will contain peer-reviewed books textbooks for 50 courses!
While not an open resource, Boundless provides low-cost customizable textbooks and supporting content, including assessment tools and analytics, in a wide array of disciplines. The cost is $30/student and student access to all materials never expires.
Open Library, an initiative of the Internet Archive, is "an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published." The resource is entirely open--from software to data to documentation. Individuals are encouraged to contribute!
"The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education."
The Harvard Open Collections comprises "six subject-specific, web-accessible collections that can support teaching and learning around the world. Today, OCP collections account for over 2.3 million digitized pages, including more than 225,000 manuscript pages."
Open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books and data. Ubiquity's publications include titles in disciplines less well represented in open access publishing, such as archeology and anthropology.
"The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future."
"NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."
The Smithsonian Freer and Sackler galleries have digitized more than 40,000 images from their collections of Asian art, most of which are available in high-resolution and free of copyright restrictions for noncommercial use.