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Open Educational Resources: Advocacy

Information about Open Educational Resources at the University of Idaho and beyond


1. College Open Textbooks (

  • A collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness and advocacy for open textbooks.
  • Provides training for instructors seeking to utilize open educational resources.

2. Let Congress know you support the Affordable College Textbook Act 

3. Make Textbooks Affordable (

  • Aims to develop a textbook market with both a vibrant used book market and a plethora of learning content that is priced and sold fairly.
  • Provides latest news, studies and solutions on cost of college textbooks; advocacy opportunities for professors (Open Textbooks Statement!) and students (Actions for Students).

4. Cape Town Open Education Declaration (

  • A statement of principle, a statement of strategy and a statement of commitment
  • To spark dialogue, to inspire action and to help the open education movement grow
  • To develop further strategies, especially around open technology and teaching practices

5. Open Education Community (

  • Gateway to information about the open education movement and Open Educational Resources
  • Intended for anyone interested in open education, the site provides links to resources, organizations, events, people, and more

6. The Hewlett Foundation (

  • Funds grants for Open Educational Resources since 2006
  • Provides resources and also makes their funded OER proposals publicly available

7. OER Support from SPARC (

  • SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.  >
  • This page highlights SPARC's work in supporting OER work.

8. Open Knowledge Foundation (

Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource