OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. OpenStax textbook projects are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable and accurate, meet the scope and sequence requirements of each course, are supported by instructor ancillaries, and are available with the latest technology-based learning tools. OpenStax textbooks are being used in 60% of college and universities in the U.S. and over 140 countries.
OpenStax Assignable beta is a tool that allows instructors to build customized assignments directly in their Learning Management Systems (LMS). Students are able to complete these assignments directly from the LMS, too. The OpenStax Assignable beta tool allows instructors to assign OpenStax textbooks as readings, assessment questions that correspond to chapters/sections in the textbook, and additional interactive and culturally responsive material designed to keep students engaged and meet a wide range of learning needs.
This toolset can be linked directly to Blackboard.
OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners.
A library of open access textbooks to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed, and the system allows for peer review.
Quality judgments are left to faculty with expertise in the subject area. When institutions join the Open Education Network, faculty are invited to review an open textbook. Around 60% of books in the Open Textbook Library have been reviewed. In addition, most open textbooks are reviewed during production, using systems implemented by the authors and publishers.