"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." -- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
In short, OER are educational materials that are openly licensed, customizable, and free to access online.
Textbook costs have risen 812% - 1,041% over the past three decades. Consequently, 65% of students in a national study did not purchase textbooks and 82% of students agreed that free online access to textbooks would help them do “significantly better” in their courses. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer a solution.
Learn about Open Educational Resources (OER): what they are, why they are important, how they benefit faculty and students, and how to find them.
Associate Professor Hilary Martens discusses her experience using OER in her courses. She discusses the benefits of OER, shares a sampling of student testimonials, and offers practical tips for finding open textbooks, other written resources, and open images.