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Making Textbooks Affordable: Student Government Toolkit
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The high cost of textbooks has become a serious obstacle to the affordability
of a college education. The textbook market is rigged so that publishers can
generate huge profits and engage in bad practices at students’ expense.
Fortunately, we have solutions to this problem, most notably in the form of “open
textbooks”—high-quality books that are available online for free or for a very low cost
in print. With solutions like these, we can break the publishers’ stranglehold on the
market and help make higher education more accessible to everyone.
These changes won’t happen on their own—students will need to work for them. This
toolkit provides the resources that student governments and state student associations
need in order to bring open textbooks to their campuses and save students money

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
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Author:
Student Government Resource Center
Date Added:
09/14/2021
N 420 - Perspectives in Global Health
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Complete course in global health. Has syllabus, learning outcomes, handouts, lectures, and student activities.

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Allied Health
Nursing
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Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
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Author:
Matthew Simpson
Instructor: Jody Lori dScribes: Katherine Marshall
Date Added:
12/28/2021
NLC OER Keyholders
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The following is a list of OER Keyholders from Northeast Lakeview College. They were recognized for their efforts in supporting open educational resources (OER) at Alamo Colleges District.

Subject:
Higher Education
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Author:
Angela Fondren
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Nursing and Allied Health Resources
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This is the Nursing and Allied Health Resources wiki, a collaborative project by members of the Nursing and Allied Health Resource Section of the Medical Library Association. Use the left-hand navigation to browse the content. The content includes resources for nurses and other health

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Health Sciences
Nursing
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A collaborative project by members of the Nursing and Allied Health Resource Section of the Medical Liabrary
Date Added:
01/08/2022
OER Review Standards and Approval Rubric: United States Edition
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As open education resources (OER) advocates and individuals engaged in supporting the curation and creation of OER, the document collaborators came together on the common interest in curating and creating best practices or standards for OER review and approval.

While this group is dependent on volunteers the expected next review will be by July 2023. Throughout this time any comments, errors, or other communication on standards and rubric can be directed to rsauls@flvc.org. This is a final draft released on August 9, 2021 in a call for national feedback and input on implementation or potential use of this documentation.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
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Author:
Rebel Cummings-Sauls
Date Added:
08/10/2021
OER State Policy Playbook - 2018
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The rising cost of higher education is about more than tuition—expensive textbooks and
course materials remain a looming barrier to college affordability and access. Open educational
resources (OER) are a solution to high-cost materials and state legislators are starting to
take notice.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available materials that can be downloaded,
edited and shared to better serve all students. OER include all kinds of content such as
textbooks, lesson plans, assignments, games, and other educational materials, and can
include printed materials, not just digital.

Nearly half of all states have considered OER legislation in past years, and it has increasingly
become a go-to strategy for legislators seeking to make college education more affordable
and effective. States can catalyze and support action at institutions by providing resources,
incentives, and policy frameworks.

This playbook provides a set of ideas that state legislators can consider to harness the
power of OER to reduce college costs for students. Recommendations can be combined or
pursued independently, and while not every recommendation is right for every state, each
one offers a potential pathway to benefit students.

Check out SPARC’s OER State Policy Tracker to see existing state policy and stay up
to date on current legislation: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/state-policy-tracking/

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
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Author:
SPARC
Date Added:
09/09/2022
OER State Policy Playbook 2021-2022 Edition
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Open educational resources (OER) are textbooks and other course materials that are free for
people everywhere to use and repurpose. States and institutions are leveraging OER to expand
access to flexible, digital learning materials that reduce costs for students by millions each year.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
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Primary Source
Author:
SPARC
Date Added:
09/09/2022
OER Toolkit: The Learning Portal at Ontario Colleges Library Services
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Open Educational Resources (OER) provide equal access to resources at no cost to students. This toolkit provides information and tools to help faculty and library staff across all publicly funded colleges in Ontario to understand, engage with, and sustain OER in their work and practice.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
College Libraries Ontario
ISKME
Ontario Colleges Library Services
Date Added:
09/12/2022
OERigin Stories – Pathways to the Open Movement
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OERigin Stories is a series of interviews with women of color working in Open Education. I interviewed six individuals in the Open Movement (faculty, librarians, policy makers) and asked them to share their experience with Open Education. Because I believe Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic, and other women from traditionally marginalized communities have rarely been given an opportunity to share their experiences in the Open Movement, OERigin Stories focuses exclusively on women of color in OER.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Creative and Applied Arts
Education
Ethnic Studies
Higher Education
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Author:
Ursula Pike
Date Added:
03/01/2022
Open Textbooks Organizing Toolkit
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Our organizing toolkit for student governments and other student leaders provides instructions and tips on how to bring open textbooks to your campus.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
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Author:
Open Textbook Alliance
Date Added:
10/06/2022
Plato's Euthyphro
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This is a complete contemporary translation of Plato's Euthyphro. While the dialogue is made famous by the Euthyphro dilemma, the text offers a rich picture of the difference between relying on one's prior knowledge (like Euthyphro) and remaining open to inquiry (like Socrates).

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Pack Ryan
Woods Cathal
Date Added:
11/29/2020
Plato's Republic (Book I)
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This is an excellent contemporary translation of the first book of Plato's Republic. It introduces the dialogue's central question ("What is justice?") and portrays Socrates as embodying the ignorance for which he is known while refuting the definitions proffered by his interlocutors. Since many philosophers think that this book was originally a standalone dialogue that was subsequently connected to the remainder of the text, it is a great option for classes to read (more or less) a full dialogue that features multiple interlocutors. Woods' translation has the further advantage of not Latinizing Plato's Greek, which may make pronunciation less intimidating for students who are challenged by the interlocutor's names.

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Woods Cathal
Date Added:
11/29/2020
Practicing and Presenting Social Research – Simple Book Publishing
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This open-access textbook is for those who want to write exemplary social research. It provides an extensive outline of each step of the research process: outlining practical tools for conceptualizing its beginnings, generating proposals, getting ethics approval, relaxing from the stresses of research, writing academically, conducting a literature review, drafting a methods section, collecting the right data, formulating the findings, and sharing the results. Woven throughout each chapter are testimonies of other students who have likewise persevered through the research process, relating their obstacles, solutions, and motivations to each stage of the research process to illuminate not only the technical goals of research, but also the emotional maturity that research entails.

Subject:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Alexander Wilson
Oral Robinson
Date Added:
01/04/2023
SPARC Landscape Analysis and Roadmap for Action - 2021 Update
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The increasing concentration of scholarly communications, courseware publishing, and
data analytics into the hands of fewer commercial vendors continues to raise concerns,
particularly in the absence of evidence that publishers have any interest in mind other
than their short-term revenue and profit growth. The focus on protecting revenues even
in the face of deep academic budget cuts, the relentless lobbying to protect “inclusive
access” practices that limit student choice, and the reluctance to abandon practices that
disadvantage researchers point to the conclusion that the academic community can
protect its values only by increasing control of its own content and infrastructure.

The past year has seen more deals that led to more concentration, loss of diversity, and
ultimately to the academic community’s lessening control over its own destiny. However,
there are also positive signs: a large merger failed, Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) was
launched as a concerted effort to build a community-owned infrastructure, and some
legislative progress was made. Much remains to be done, but the opportunity to tip the
scales in favor of the interests of the knowledge community is significant and must be
pursued.

This 2021 Update to the SPARC Landscape Analysis further explores these trends.
Supplementing observations first published in the SPARC 2019 Roadmap for Action, this
document suggests organizational changes in academic institutions to both (1) manage
increasing strategic and ethical challenges and (2) deploy tools and analyze data to
better understand the needs and protect the interests of individuals and communities.
The recommendations underscore the need for the academic community to take control
of its own content and infrastructure both to best serve its own interests and to protect
and further its values of equity, inclusiveness, and academic freedom.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
SPARC
Date Added:
09/09/2022