The price of a college degree continues to rise. In addition to tuition and fees, course materials, such as textbooks, add to the cost of a student’s education. In January 2018, the University’s Student Government Board passed a resolution supporting expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks as a means to control costs. In response to the resolution, a standing committee was formed.
OER Standing Committee
The standing committee in the Office of the Provost will provide a targeted and sustained OER awareness program.
Open Education Resource Grants
To support the development of open educational resources the Provost provides funding for projects that will enhance the educational experiences of Pitt students and provide these faculty with the ability to customize their course materials.
Course Attribute: Open Education Resources
Students now have the ability to identify classes using open education resources in the Pitt Class Search. If you are using an open education resource in your class, consider adding "open education resources materials" to the class attributes field when entering your class information.
OER Funding Application
The current application period is closed. The Office of the Provost annually invites proposals from faculty for projects to adapt, adopt and/or create open education resources (OER) for an existing course. The due date for proposals in the next funding cycle will be posted here.
Review the eligibility and application requirements in 2021.