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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Textbook Workshop

Open Workshop Pre-work Instructions

Thank you for your interest in attending the Spring 2020 Open Textbook Workshop!  In order to make the most of our time together please review the materials included below.  The materials are separated into two groups, 'Required' and 'Recommended' . The 'Required' materials will provide you with basic information about the how and why of open educational resources (OER) and the 'Recommended' materials will provide you with additional information related to their efficacy and impact on students.

If you have any questions or concerns about these materials please contact Jenise Overmier, OER Team Coordinator at

OTN Workshop Recording 2020



Complete the following steps to prepare for a dialog focused workshop on May 13th:

Step 1: Watch the short tutorial below for an overview of textbook affordability. (Estimated time commitment = 3 minutes)

Step 2: Read the Open Textbook Library FAQ page for a concise introduction to open educational materials and the Open Textbook Library. (Estimated time commitment = 5 minutes)

Step 3: Make note of any questions you have so we can address them at the workshop.

Stipend Eligibility



If you're interested in learning more about the research on the efficacy and faculty/student perceptions of open resources, read the following article from the  journal Educational Technology Research & Development.

               Click here to access the article

If you're interested in hearing from Virginia students at NOVA and Tidewater Community College about their perceptions of textbook cost and OER, watch the videos below.  

The student testimonial videos were created by the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Library and Tidewater Community College as part of their OER outreach campaigns.  Several Virginia community colleges, including NOVA and Tidewater, offer 'Z Degrees', the Z is shorthand for zero textbook cost. 

We have included these videos to help you understand the momentum around OER in Virginia.  Many schools in the state, public, private, and community colleges alike, are systematically incorporating open resources into their curricula and have found them to be effective recruitment and retention tools in addition to being of pedagogical value.  

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