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Who are we?

The Open & Affordable Education Committee (OAEC) at Iowa State University supports course material affordability through the promotion of open educational resources (OER), Immediate Access materials, and other open and affordable resources available for college-level courses. 

Our major partners include the ISU Book Store, University Library,  Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), and Student Government.

You can learn more about the OAEC's initiatives and partners on our About Us page.  

Recent News

April 21, 2021

The Open & Affordable Education Committee at Iowa State University is one of many groups facilitating and supporting the use of open & affordable course materials in the state of Iowa. Another group we'd like to highlight is the Iowa Open Educational Resources Action Team (Iowa OER), a statewide group working to support the affordability of higher education for students in the state of Iowa.

March 30, 2021

If you want to incorporate more affordable course materials into your class, why not make them with your class? Open pedagogy is the process of working with students to showcase their learning by creating open content: podcasts, infographics, literature reviews… whatever works for your class! Collaborate with your students in the co-creation of course materials and share that work in the Digital Repository’s Open Educational Resources collection. Unsure where to start?

March 5, 2021

The Open Scholar Café is a virtual forum held each month for members of the Iowa State University community to meet and discuss open research and scholarship. A new topic will be discussed or presented during each session. The March 17 Open Scholar Café will be held from 9-10 a.m. and focus on Open Education projects and support available on campus.

March 5, 2021

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program encourages instructor innovation in adopting and creating Open Educational Resources (OER), “educational materials (textbooks, syllabi, videos, software, and more) that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.” The implementation of OER at Iowa State University has saved students more than half a million dollars during the 2020/2021 academic year.

February 8, 2021

A 2019 Miller Open Education Mini-Grant recipient, John Haughery has just published a journal article in the Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (JTMAE) about his adaptation and use of OER in the course TSM 363 at Iowa State.