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Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER in the News

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

Announcing a New Faculty Incentive Program

The Portland State University Library is proud to announce our new faculty incentive program – High-Impact Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program – to encourage the use, creation, and adaptation of openly licensed information resources to support our students’ learning. This effort supports PSU faculty who are interested in adopting, adapting, or creating open educational resources (OER) and new forms of digital scholarship as alternatives to traditional textbooks.  This new OER grant joins our Open Access Textbook Creation Grant in our expanded Open Education Initiative.

Three types of grants will be awarded:

Adopt OER: $1,000 - $2,000

Adapt OER: $3,000 - $5,000

Open Access Textbook Creation: $6,000 - $8,000

You can find more information about the grants and how to apply on the Library's website:

Portland State University Highlights

Head of Digital Initiatives, Karen Bjork discusses Portland State University Library's open textbook publishing program, PDXOpen and the impact that it is having on students.

Are you a Portland State University faculty using OER's in the classroom?  Let us know!

OER in the News

Research on OER

Bliss, TJ, Robsinson, T. J., Hilton, J. & Wiley, D (2013). An OER coup: College teacher and student perceptions of open educational resourcesJournal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013(1).

Fischer, L., Hilton, J. L., Robinson, T. J., Wiley, D. (2015). A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3). 

Hilton, J.  (2016) Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptionsEducational Technology Research and Development, 64(1), 1-18.

Hilton, J.L., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & William L. (2016). Maintaining momentum toward graduation: OER and the course throughput rateThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(6).

HIlton, J.L., Robinson, T. J., Wiley, D., & Ackerman, J.D. (2014). Cost-saving achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resourcesThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(2).

Ikahihifo, T.K., Spring, K.J., Rosecrans, J., & Watson, J.(2017). Assessing the savings from open educational resources on student academic goals International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, (7). 

Jensen, K & Nackerud, S. (2018).  The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples.  Retrieved from:

Robinson, T. (2015).  The effects of open educational resources adoption on measures of post-secondary student success (Doctoral Dissertation). 

Research Summaries

The Review Project from the Open Education Group provides a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption and is periodically updated with new articles.

OERHub's Research & Outputs page contains academic publications and presentations from their projects.