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Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources: OpenOKState

In response to the nationally documented impact the high cost of commercial textbooks has on the personal lives and academic progress of university students, the Oklahoma State University Libraries created the OpenOKState Open Educational Resources program. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials intentionally created and licensed to be freely accessed, shared, retained, and in many cases, modified at no additional cost to the end user.

OpenOKState Key Outcomes

Classroom use of OpenOKState grant supported OER has saved OSU students over $700,000.


At least 30 course modifications are underway or have been completed with support from OpenOKState programs.     


OSU is one of three institutions receiving a multi-year, $428,000 IMLS grant for development and implementation of OER.    


The OSU Libraries support Open in several ways:

  • OpenOKState Fellowships are available for faculty, instructors and students actively envisioning and implementing open scholarly practices which broaden access to meaningful teaching, learning and research opportunities.  Do you want to know more? »
  • OSU Libraries offers a range of small stipends as well as library and instructional design support for faculty and instructors designing courses which use open and library resources rather than  student purchased commercial textbooks. Do you want to know more? » 
  • The Library partners with faculty and instructors beginning to explore incorporation of OER and open resources into their teaching, learning and research praxis. Contact to get started!


OKState OER Advisory Group

The OSU OER Advisory Group was formed as a partnership between OSU Libraries and campus stakeholders in response to a Spring 2019 OSU faculty council recommendation and subsequent call from the Provost. The faculty council recommendation included organization of an advocacy group, increased learning opportunities, and provision of incentives for the adoption and creation of OER. The faculty council recommended that inclusion of the modification and creation of OER be considered as scholarly work in RPT dossier. As seen above, former Provost Sandefur added his voice in support of this recommendation.

Over course of the 2020-2021 academic year, the OSU OER Advisory Group set goals for the development and implementation of OER which have been included as a high impact strategy in the 2021-2022 OSU Degree Completion Plan. Goals articulated as part of that strategy include development of short and long-term strategic plans, expanded advocacy, continued partnership with campus departments to provide professional development and opportunities for recognition related to OER, development of language for use in retention promotion and tenure describing metrics necessary for inclusion of OER as scholarly work in tenure dossiers, and implementation of course markings.

2021-2022 Academic Year OKState OER Goals
Development of short and long-term strategic plan; disseminate baseline survey to students and faculty regarding awareness of OER Expand outreach and education to include department-specific outreach and education                                                  
Broaden involvement for the incentivization of the uswe of OER to departments (faculty presenters at conferences, OER in RPT documents) Implement course markings
Expand advocacy through student representation on OSU OER Advisory Group Continued implementation of IMLS funded OER development initiative

2021-2022 OSU OER Advisory Group Members

  • Ashley Burkett
    • Assistant Professor, Geology
  • Larisa Callaway-Cole
    • Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Science
  • Grant Currier
    • Graduate Student, English | Graduate Research Associate
  • Joshua Daniel
    • Associate Professor, English | Directory, First-Year Composition
  • John Mark Day
    • Director, Leadership and Campus Life
  • Kathy Essmiller
    • Assistant Professor, Research and Learning Services| Coordinator, OER 
  • Trinity July
    • Undergraduate Student, Sociology | OpenOKState Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Caitlin Kelley
    • Graduate Student, HESA | Open OKState Graduate Research Associate
  • Maura Hernandez Loyola
    • Academic Advisor II, Diversity Academic Support
  • Patience Lightfoot
    • Undergraduate Student, Business | Open OKState Campus Organizer
  • Maria Ma
    • Professor, Entomology & Plant Pathology
  • Starla Marshall
    • Assistant Directory Course Content Delivery, OSU University Bookstore
  • Lindsay Myers
    • Graduate Student, College of Educationand Human Sciences | Graduate Research Associate
  • Chris Ormsbee
    • Associate Provost, Professor | Director, Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence
  • Simon Ringsmuth
    • Assistant Professor, Research and Learning Services | Digital Services Librarian
  • Jerilyn Saylor-Aquino
    • Graduate Student, English | Graduate Teaching Associate
  • Matt Upson
    • Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Research & Learning Services
  • Lisa Wright
    • Graduate Student, English | Graduate Teaching Associate

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