Textbooks and Teaching Materials
The UMN College of Education has created the Open Textbook Catalog, where faculty can search for materials in their own disciplines, read reviews by other academics, and review the materials themselves.
While much of the textbook publishing world continues in more traditional patterns, there has recently been an explosion in the world of open education, with Open Educational Resources (OER) and open online courses growing rapidly. California recently passed a law enabling greater use and creation of open educational resources throughout its public educational system. The University of Minnesota is supporting development of high-quality open textbooks by building a catalog that includes reviews. These developments may be a big boon for students, long burdened by high costs for course materials. Openly-editable materials also allow instructors to customize materials for a particular course from multiple sources, or make changes to reflect new research developments.