The Cost of OER and Return on Investment
Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment

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This session was held to help decision-makers on all levels — state, higher education institutions and K12 schools and districts — better understand the perceived costs of open educational resources, cost-savings, and the return on investments.

This session is part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series.

The webinar session covered the following topics:

Counting the Costs led by Tanya Spilovoy, director of open policy, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)   

Getting the Most Value for OER led by Gerry Hanley, executive director of MERLOT and SkillsCommon


Tanya Spilovoy has a two-decade career in higher education leadership, during which she has led numerous education technology and open education initiatives. Currently she serves as director of open policy for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies, where she leads the National Consortium for Open Educational Resources, a collaboration among the four regional compacts (MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, and WICHE), all 50 US states and associated territories. NCOER focuses on the policy, practice and implementation of open educational resources in states, systems and higher education institutions. Previously she served as the director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System, where she also led a statewide OER Initiative. In addition, Spilovoy has conducted valuable research on statewide OER in North Dakota and Colorado and published several reports on the impact of large-scale OER implementation on faculty selection of classroom materials in collaboration with Bayview Analytics. She designed and leads instruction for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind professional development program to empower librarians as leaders for successful open education initiatives.

Spilovoy received her bachelor of arts in English from Union College, a master’s in Education from Hamline University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.


Gerry Hanley is the executive director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and SkillsCommons, which are free and open digital libraries of academic and workforce development teaching, learning and training resources administered at California State University Long Beach. Hanley’s previous positions include assistant vice chancellor for academic technology services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, where he created the Affordable Learning Solutions program. He is the director of the Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility and professor emeritus of psychology at CSULB, where he also served as the director of faculty development and director of strategy planning. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in experimental/cognitive psychology.

Recorded on August 18, 2021