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. The high cost of course materials has become a barrier to learning. 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, the Provost convened a working group to explore opportunities with open educational resources. The committee provided recommendations about how to support and advance the use of OER at the University.
Response to Recommendations
Review the actions occurring in response to the committee's recommendations.
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.
OER Funding Application
The application process is now open. The Office of the Provost is inviting proposals from faculty for projects to adapt, adopt, and/or create open education resources for an existing course. Proposals are due Wednesday, February 19, 2020. For more information on funding range, eligibility, and more, view the OER Funding Application page.