OER Resource Estimator

The "OER Resource Estimator" accompanies the "The 5Ps of OER Adoption" white paper.  If you would like more context about how and why to use it, please download the paper.  The tool is best viewed on a computer or tablet.


Deep Consulting built this tool in Tableau Public.  We have released it as CC-BY-SA.  Feel free to download the code and modify it.  If you come up with any interesting enhancements, please share them with us! 


If you have questions or need help, please email us.  An explanation of each field is below.


Annual savings goal: How much your students will save each year in total. Fill this in based on your campus size and aspirations. Default: $5,000,000


Net savings per student: Take your average textbook costs and subtract any new costs due to OER. For example if your textbook costs are $140 per student, and your additional costs are $20 (e.g. a new fee to support OER), subtract $20 from $140 and enter $120. Default: $100


Students per section: Use an average number for your campus. If your OER effort is focused on large, general education courses, this number may be higher than your overall campus section average. Default: 25

Offerings per year: After you adopt OER to courses, how often will they be taught? Most campuses should enter 2 (e.g., the courses will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters). Default: 2


Sections taught per year: On average, how many OER course sections will participating faculty teach each year? Let's suppose your average faculty teaching load is 3-3, i.e. 6 course sections a year. Since not all their sections may eventually be OER, I would pick a number that's around 60-75% of that (e.g., in this case, pick 4). Default: 4


Certainty: This is the parameter used to generate the high and low scenarios. If you lower the certainty, the range of the estimates gets bigger. If you're not sure what this is, leave it alone :-) Default: 90%