OASES was established to save students money by offering alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks. We are a team of subject librarians led by a subject librarian and stand ready to assist interested departments and individual instructors by offering a model presently with two main components: Adopt and Adapt.
Presently there are two main resources that index currently available Open Access (OA) textbooks, OpenStax and the Open Textbook Library.
Rice Univesity's OpenStax produces a number of excellent OA textbooks across many disciplines, focusing on high enrollment
entry level courses offered at community colleges and universities. Notably, these textbooks include Instructor resources
such as test banks, PowwerPoint slide presentations, and more.
The Open Textbook Library (hosted by the University of Minnesota) collects together over 600 Open Access textbooks from
accross the country, including those produced here in Texas by OpenStax. Notably, this large collection includes reviews
from faculty users. The Open Textbook Library main page includes:
"Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.
These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books
can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education
institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The library currently
includes 605 textbooks, with more being added all the time."
In this model, a commercial textbook can be replaced with a collection of OER, creating a custom course pack.
Sources for OER can include collections such as MERLOT for example. Another variation of this model is to use a mix of OER and library-licensed sources into custom course packs that can be served on e-Campus or a similar platform. Either way, instructors save students money on expensive commercial textbooks.