Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library

Tennessee Tech OER (Open Educational Resources) Program 

Tennessee Tech received a TBR grant for OERs, which saved students over $162,000 in Spring 2022. Although the grant ended in June 2022, Provost Lori Mann Bruce funded an OER program to continue saving students money. This program incentivizes faculty to transition one of their courses from traditional textbooks to zero-cost course materials. 

Selected faculty receive a $1500 stipend to complete the following tasks:

  • Attend a training workshop
  • Implement OERs into one course so students' required cost for course materials is $0
  • Distribute the student survey
  • Provide feedback at the end of teaching the course with OERs

Click on the semester below for more information about the OER classes during that semester, including selected faculty, savings, student feedback, etc.

Please contact Dr. Amy Miller or Professor Sharon Holderman with questions about this program.



The tables below indicate the amount per semester that students have saved in classes as a direct result of that cohort's participation in the OER Program.  

Spring 2024 Cohort

Spring 2024 Fall 2024 Total
Students Savings Students Savings Students Savings
654 $105,922        

Fall 2023 Cohort

Fall 2023
Spring 2024
Students Savings Students Savings Students Savings
386 $53,533 325 $56,819 711 $110,352

Spring 2023 Cohort

Spring 2023
Fall 2023
Students Savings Students Savings Students Savings
606 $94,261 566 $83,025 1,172 $177,286

Savings are calculated using the class' previous textbook cost or an average cost of $125 based on campus textbook data, grant data and The College Board data.

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