Policy & Collaboration

Open Educational Resources 

The high cost of textbooks is a significant factor in college affordability; HECC recognizes the key role that affordability plays in student success. House Bill 2871 (2015) provided legislative investment in the area of textbook affordability, with a specific focus on open educational resources (OER).

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

OERs are freely accessible teaching, learning, and research resources (e.g. textbooks, videos, and images) that the public has the legal permissions to use, share, and build upon the content and are available at low or no cost.

Implementing the State’s investment, HB 2871 (2015):

HB 2871, sponsored by the House Committee on Higher Education, Innovation and Workforce Development included several key components:

Designation of OER, low or no cost materials;

  • requiring public postsecondary institutions to prominently designate courses whose materials exclusively consist of open or free textbooks, or other low-cost, or no-cost course materials.  

Open Education Resources (OER) Grant Program; 

OER Specialist;  

  • requiring HECC to employ an education specialist to assist Oregon’s public postsecondary institutions with OER research and adaptation. HECC employed a policy expert to support OER outreach, including efforts to assist institutions in methods of attributing, revising, and sharing OER resources.