Office Hours: How much is this going to cost? Budgeting OER Production

Topic: How much is this going to cost? Budgeting OER Production
When: 21 May 2020, 2pm ET/11 am PT
Guests: Matthew Bloom (English Faculty, Scottsdale Community College; Open Educational Resources Coordinator, Maricopa Community Colleges), Tonya Ferrell (Open Educational Resources Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Omaha), and Richard Saunders (Collections Librarian and former Dean of Library Services, Southern Utah University).

While the time and salaries of project managers and authors are typically the most significant investment in OER production, there are also often project costs and other expenditures related to supporting publishing. In this session, we’ll discuss the potential costs of OER production and how to create a budget. We’ll hear from guests who have created budgeting spreadsheets for their projects and programs. We’ll get their opinions on where to spend limited funds and discover common unanticipated costs. Our conversation will focus on estimating accurate projections based on the resources and priorities available at your institution to support OER production.

This session is now complete. Thank you to our guests and attendees. Watch the recording, or read the audio and chat transcripts.

Like to know about the budget for a OER portal.

Please share the recording of this event.

Hi Shrinivasan, costs of OER tools and portals vary, so if you had a specific one in mind, I could possibly look it up for you. Platforms may offer open source versions that you can setup and install for free, or may have reduced pricing for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, or for creators with limited funding — as you know with your own use of Pressbooks for your FreeTamilEbooks project. :slight_smile: So there’s no hard-and-fast answer!

You can access a recording of this event on YouTube. I’ve also updated the initial post so it points to the recording.

Thanks for the video. It helps much.

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Happy to hear it! :smiley: