Practice Article

Avoiding the “Axe”: Advancing Affordable and Open Education Resources at a Midsize University

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INTRODUCTION To address the soaring cost of textbooks, higher education institutions have launched a number of strategies to promote the adoption of affordable and open educational resources (AOER). Although a few models for promoting and sustaining alternative and open educational resources (AOER) at higher education institutions can be found in the professional literature, additional examples are needed to assist the wide of range of universities and colleges in meeting this critical need. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM In this article, the authors describe Miami University’s ongoing efforts to reduce college textbook costs for students. These initiatives were instigated in some ways by the state legislature, but were also fueled by factual evidence regarding the impact textbook costs have on the student learning experience. The authors (university librarians and associate provost) provide a description of the institutional context and the challenges they faced in implementing AOER initiatives and chronicle the steps that their university has taken to address the challenge of rising costs of course materials. NEXT STEPS Next steps for growing the programs and recommendations for other institutions looking to develop similar initiatives are also explored.

Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, Affordable Learning

How to Cite: Bazeley, J. , Haynes, C. , Myers, C. S. & Resnis, E. (2019) “Avoiding the “Axe”: Advancing Affordable and Open Education Resources at a Midsize University”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 7(1). doi: