7. Developing missing resources

A group led by OpenStax, an edtech nonprofit based at Houston’s Rice University that publishes peer-reviewed materials online, received $1.13 million from the U.S. Education Department to develop computer science materials, according to a November announcement.

OpenStax plans to create three open-license textbooks with the funding. Other collaborators include the Consortium of Open Education Resource Educators, which works with its member institutions to integrate open educational resources into classes.

“The work CORE can do, thanks to this funding, will not only enhance student engagement in computer and data science programs, it will remove barriers for students — especially underrepresented minorities in STEM,” OpenStax managing director Daniel Williamson said in a press release.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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