Ohio Open Ed Collaborative


Spring 2018 – Spring 2020


The Ohio Open Ed Collaborative is a multi-institutional initiative that aims to reduce current textbook costs by at least 70% in 22 of Ohio’s high enrollment courses, with a goal of 50% of the relevant community and technical college course sections adopting the materials by autumn 2019. Our multi-year, mixed-methods study includes interviews with administrators and faculty, and case study analyses on the implementation of materials. This initiative is made possible by the Ohio Department of Higher Education Innovation Grant, which supports the development of high-quality open educational resources and other affordable learning materials.

Project Leads



  • Folk, A.L., & Davis, A., & Postle, A., & Shay, N., & Prieto, K., & (2020, February). The Ohio Open Ed Collaborative: A statewide approach to addressing textbook affordability. Session presented at the Ohio Undergraduate Education: Inspiring Practices for Student Success conference (Capital University), Columbus, OH.
  • Folk, A.L., & Jaggars, S.S., & Prieto, K., & Rivera, M.D., & (2019, November). Faculty perspectives on participating in a statewide affordability initiative. Session presented at the 16th Annual Open Education Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Diab, D., & Folk, A., & Weber, G., & (2019, July). A collaborative statewide approach to addressing textbook affordability with Open Educational Resources. Session presented at the semi-annual JFF Postsecondary State Network Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Rivera, M.D., & (2019, June). Textbook affordability: OER and other approaches. Invited webinar presentation for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, June, 18, 2019
  • Jaggars, S.S., & (2017, November). Solving cost problems through technology. Invited presentation to a closed meeting of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, November 14, 2017. Overland Park, KS