Rice University

For Marketing Of OpenStax, A Library Of High-quality, Openly Licensed, And Free Online Textbooks

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    14 Months
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Rice University launched OpenStax College in 2012 to develop and disseminate a library of high-quality, openly licensed textbooks for the 25 most popular college courses in the United States. The College would contract with Advanced Business Solutions to gather market data to further facilitate the adoption of open textbooks in its library. This project will advance the Education Program’s goals of establishing a self-sustaining and adaptive global OER infrastructure by raising awareness and driving adoption of OER alternatives to traditional educational materials.
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Grants to this Grantee
for expanding the OpenStax library of OER course materials and tools  
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 Education Program, including increasing availability of high-quality student learning opportunities, facilitating a strong and growing technology and research partnership ecosystem, and prioritizing principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in course development (Strategy: Open Educational Resources)
for an international research study to measure students’ social and emotional skills  
The Houston Education Research Consortium is a partnership between Rice University and Houston-area school districts that produces research to inform decision making. The group will represent the United States in an international survey coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to measure students’ skills at ages 10 and 15. The Study on Social and Emotional Skills will demonstrate the feasibility of producing valid, reliable, and comparable information on such skills across countries and settings; additionally, it will provide analyses that can improve education and support services.

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