Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials (including textbooks, courses, learning objects, tests, media, etc.) that can be freely used and reused, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons that state specifically how the material can be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Brock University Library https://brocku.ca/library/oer/
According to a Fixing the Broken Textbook Market.
60% of students skip buying at least one textbook.
About 20% students skip buying access codes necessary to complete assignments.
Almost every respondent worried forgoing these materials would impact their grade.
The cost of course materials has a broad impact on the lives of students.
25% reported needing to work extra hours to afford course materials.
22% prioritized purchasing access codes over other course materials.
19% made decisions on which classes to take because of materials cost.
Watch this video from Open Oregon to learn more about OER (6:11).
Watch this short animated video about open education (2:22).
Learn from educators and students why Open Education matters (2:57).
By ISKME is licensed under CC BY 4.0
The infographic below explains the difference between open education resources and open access.
Source: University of Michigan OER Toolkit
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"Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Highline College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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