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Affordable Instructional Resources was formed in the fall of 2017 as a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, the University Libraries, Northwestern Information Technology, the Northwestern Bookstore, and the Faculty Senate.

We are interested in issues related to access and inclusion in higher education, specifically focused on the supplemental costs of a Northwestern education. We recognize the challenges in balancing quality and cost when selecting required materials for courses and aim to provide systematic support to faculty in making their courses more affordable.

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AIR in the news

Northwestern Faculty Senate talks Affordable Instructional Resources, remote learning in Spring Quarter by Isabelle Sarraf, The Daily Northwestern (March 2020)

How to Create Multilevel, Co-authored OER, or ‘Writing Nice, Free Textbooks with Friends’ by Rachel Goc, The Canvas Post (February 2020)

Apply for an Open Educational Resources Development Grant by Chris Diaz, Northwestern Libraries Blog (January 2020)

How OER eliminates the cost and copyright barriers of textbooks by Chris Diaz, Northwestern Libraries Blog (October 2019)

Pilot OER Grant Program to save students $179K in first year by Lauren McKeen, Northwestern Libraries Blog (May 2019)

Librarians Support Faculty Adoption of Open Digital Textbooks by Daniel Pattley, Northwestern Digital Learning (June 2018)