Open Educational Resources & Textbook Affordability at UO

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed course materials, such as free textbooks, that can help ensure that all of your students, regardless of their financial situation have free access to your course materials on the first day of class. OER fit into a larger umbrella of textbook affordability, with the goal of providing a variety of solutions for faculty to minimize the cost of course materials for students, while also maintaining the quality of educational materials and respecting academic freedom.

Textbook Affordability Task Force

The Office of the Provost convened the Textbook Affordability Task Force in response to Oregon HB 2213, which requires each community college and university in Oregon to create a textbook affordability strategic plan. This task force will meet bi-weekly over the 2020-2021 academic year to formulate an institutional response to reducing textbook costs for UO students. The task force has created an initial draft and is now soliciting feedback on the plan. You can download and review the plan below:

Textbook Affordability Plan Draft - Spring 2021

Oregon HB 2213 specifically calls for UO to establish a textbook affordability plan that:
  • Contains measurable goals for increasing textbook affordability
  • Addresses how to best mitigate the economic impact of decreased academic bookstore revenue as a result of increased adoption of low-cost or no-cost course materials
  • Sets forth steps to advertise courses designated as low or no-cost to students
  • Contains a statement of support for academic freedom of faculty to select high-quality course materials
  • Establishes a process for faculty to be informed about available low-cost and no-cost course materials


  • Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost, Academic Excellence (Sponsor)
  • Robin Clement, Director, Master of Accounting Program, Senior Lecturer II (Co-Chair)
  • Rayne Vieger, Coordinator, eLearning & OER (Co-Chair)
  • Nick Keough, ASUO Senate
  • Maya Ward, ASUO Executive
  • Alex Lyons, Chief Information Officer, The Duck Store 
  • Mike Urbancic, Senior Instructor I 
  • Sarah Strickler, Assistant Registrar for Operations 
  • Tara Parillo, Director, TRIO-SSS


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