Education Department now taking applications for OER higher ed grants | deadline Aug. 29 | USA
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"The Education Department has issued a notice in the Federal Register that it is now accepting applications for grants to set up pilot programs for open educational resources (OER), or “open textbooks,” as the department calls them. The application deadline is Aug. 29. Congress included $5 million in funding for these pilot programs for fiscal 2018, with the aim of bringing down the expense of college textbooks. Grant recipients would be challenged with building an OER program that fills a specific need in the higher ed market. In the notice, the department called attention to the need for open textbooks used by students in career and technical education. “Technical textbooks are among the more expensive books that students must purchase, and they often must be updated frequently to keep pace with changing technologies, which adds to the costs,” the notice reads. The need for frequent updates also limits students’ ability to purchase used books at lower prices, it said...."