Office of the Provost

Open Educational Resources

In January 2018, the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board passed a resolution supporting expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks as a means to control these escalating costs of course materials. The College Board Annual Survey of Colleges concluded the average full-time student spends up to $1,250 on course materials including textbooks and associated technologies with the average cost of a textbook as much as $300.

In response to the Student Government Board’s resolution, and out of an interest in keeping access to course materials as affordable as possible for students, the Provost convened a working group to learn about current practices and trends, and to explore opportunities with open educational resources. The following provides an update on the group's work.

The Provost charged the committee to evaluate the current availability of OER, awareness of OER on campus, barriers to OER adoption, and models for creation of these resources by Pitt faculty. The committee has 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.

For additional information, use the Additional Resources links below.

Open Education Resource Grants 2018

To support the development of open education resources the Provost has provided funding for 11 projects. These projects will enhance the educational experiences of Pitt students as well as provide these faculty with the ability to customize their course materials.

OER Funding Application

The Provost’s Office invites proposals from faculty for projects to adapt, adopt and/or create open education resources (OER) for an existing course. The proposal window for 2018 has closed; for information on funding range, eligibility, and more, view the OER Funding Application.