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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.