Whether you are a faculty member working with your department to adopt OER or an administrator working to build support for open education in your institution, you can benefit from an open education plan. The goal of the planning is to decide up-front what you want to achieve and then design a set of actions toward the goal. We encourage institutions to write comprehensive open education plans that incorporate existing institutional missions. As your open education efforts mature, you may want to modify existing campus policies or create new ones to support the expansion of OER development and adoption across the institution. Although faculty and students are obvious stakeholders in a transition to OER, all departments and on-campus services associated with delivery of instructional materials should be included in the policy conversations.

Check our planning guides for more information on how to begin your open education plans and watch this video to hear about how the BCcampus Open Textbook project has scaled its efforts over the last 4 years to save their students over $20 million.

Video: “Sustaining a Large Scale Open Project: The B.C. Open Textbook Project” by Open Washington OER Policy Videos, Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges is licensed under CC BY 4.0