OpenStax at Rice University prepares students for a rapidly changing world by creating free, high-quality OER integrated with learning technologies to personalize education for all students. With this grant, OpenStax will accelerate the expansion of open textbooks for high-enrollment postsecondary courses, while opening new markets in the most sought-after and growing degree programs. This grant serves key goals for the Open Education strategy, including increasing availability of OER; facilitating a strong and growing technology and research partnership ecosystem; and prioritizing principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in course development. (Substrategy: Content, Tools, and Services)
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Grants to this Grantee
for building the field for partnership research
The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships at Rice University is a professional learning community supporting collaboration among researchers and practitioners working in education. The group will work with Stanford University; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice to build capacity in the field for partnership research. The goal is to make educational research more useful and impactful and ultimately to support equitable outcomes in education. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)
for creating free open community college textbooks
We propose a renewal grant to the OpenStax project at Rice University to continue developing market-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks. This large-scale effort, co-funded by the Michelson, Gates, Arnold, and Maxfield foundations, would provide market-quality open textbooks for the twenty-five community college courses in highest demand. In addition, OpenStax is partnering with a number of for-profit companies for distribution. This renewal would support Phase 3 of the project, building the next ten textbooks for a total of twenty open textbooks covering twenty-five semesters of material.