Key takeaways: 

  • High prices of textbooks can negatively impact students. 
  • Faculty members can earn up to $1,450 for attending Open Educational Resources trainings and adopting OER this fall. 
  • The first workshop will be held Friday, Aug. 25, and faculty members can register now. 

Are you a Metropolitan State University of Denver instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? The high cost of some course materials can be a barrier to student success, and students can be frustrated when asked to purchase expensive materials that they don’t robustly use. 

Open Educational Resources are a potential solution. Faculty members can earn up to $1,450 for attending OER trainings and adopting OER this fall. 

Faculty members are encouraged to explore possible open-textbook solutions by attending a 90-minute virtual workshop and writing a short textbook review. Participating faculty members will receive a $200 stipend after attending the workshop and writing a review of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library. 

Workshop details 

Friday, Aug. 25: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Teams 

Register here. 

You can explore OER and how to use such resources in your courses with friendly colleagues in the Fall 2023 OER Faculty Learning Community, which will meet every two weeks on Fridays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Teams starting Sept. 1. There is a $500 stipend for attending at least five of the seven sessions. This session will be co-facilitated by Emily Ragan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Brian Healy, M.A., lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies.  

Faculty members who are using OER as the primary resource for a course for the first time this fall, or who are preparing for primary OER use in a course next spring, are also encouraged to apply for a $750 OER adoption mini-grant 


If you have questions, visit the OER webpage or contact Ragan.