The cost of higher education is a barrier for many students, keeping them from attaining their goals. While textbooks and course materials are just a small part of the total cost of attendance, this is the area where faculty can have a direct impact in lowering costs. By choosing openly licensed course materials, faculty can not only help students save money but also have complete control over customizing their curriculum. This article describes a workshop model that offers stipends for faculty to review open educational resources (OER), which increases the likelihood that they will go on to adopt OER in their courses. Librarians at Umpqua Community College (UCC) extended the workshop model, and their innovation is now being implemented statewide.

Author Biography

Jennifer Lantrip is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Umpqua Community College and an OER Research Fellow 2017–2018 for the Open Education Group.

Amy Hofer is the OER coordinator for Oregon’s 24 community colleges and universities; visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at https://openoregon.org/ to learn more. Amy is a coauthor of the book Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice.

Carol McGeehon is the Director of the Sue Schaffer Learning Commons and Library at Umpqua Community College since 2014. Prior to this, she was the Technology Manager for the Douglas County Library System. In her spare time, she is an amateur astronomer.

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© 2019 Jennifer Lantrip, Amy Hofer, & Carol McGeehon



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