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Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is designed to help Wichita State faculty find, create, evaluate, and incorporate open educational resources for instructional and training purposes.

Open Education Resources Panel Discussion at Wichita State

This panel discussion from the January 2021 Academic Resources Conference features University Librarians Maria Sclafani and Victoria Koger, and faculty Neal Allen, Laila Ballot, and Moriah Beck.

Open and Alternative Textbook Initiative

The WSU Open/Alternative Textbook (OAT) Initiative is designed to expand the use of freely-available resources in our classes in an effort to address the rising cost of textbooks and the impact of that expense on our students.  Courses with an OAT designation are visible to students in the course schedule so they can choose classes with low or no textbook costs. 

Courses can be designated as either:

  • OAT-Z:  Zero ($0) textbook or other course material costs
  • OAT-L: Low (under $50) textbook or other course material costs

Application deadlines for the OAT-Z or OAT-L designation: 

  • September 30 for new Spring semester courses
  • February 15 for new Fall semester courses

This program has been modified from the original design.  There is no longer a course fee associated with these course designations. (The OAT grant program funded by these fees is also no longer available).

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