Seven Rhode Island colleges and universities have kicked off a joint project to expand their use of open educational resources. The program has a goal to save Rhode Island students $5 million each year by replacing traditional textbooks with open alternatives.

The participating schools include Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, and the New England Institute of Technology.

The program will be run by the Rhode Island Office of Innovation. They will work closely with librarians on each campus, who will be responsible for helping faculty members learn more about open educational resources. The program will then provide faculty members with grants and training to encourage them to explore the use of open books.

Read more about the Rhode Island initiative here.