We propose a renewal grant to Rice University in support of Connexions (http://cnx.org), one of the first open educational repositories available on the Web and an early Hewlett Foundation grantee. Connexions has developed a robust infrastructure for publishing open educational content and is serving as the platform for our large-scale Open Textbook initiative for community colleges. However, it needs additional support to become self-sustaining. The goal of this two-year phase is for Connexions to reach 70 percent self-sustainability by doubling its consortium to more than forty members.
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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.