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Open Educational Resources

Why OER? | What can it do for me?

The open resource movement focuses on the creation and distribution of freely available academic content designed to enhance classroom and online learning at all levels.  Because of this focus on students, the most common manifestation of open access educational resources is open textbooks, which are starting to transform the face of undergraduate learning in particular.  Moreover, the ever increasing cost of textbooks and materials for students is the primary factor pushing the OER movement forward.  Textbooks and learning materials cost students approximately $1,100 per year.  According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 in 10 students didn't purchase a textbook because it was too expensive.  Through OERs, the cost of student materials can be drastically reduced.  OERs also give instructors the ability to customize the materials, creating the "perfect" textbook instead of being bound to traditional print resources.  And yes, the same principle holds true for other OER sources as well as textbooks, opening a world of alternative learning materials at no cost to students.

Adapted from the University of Oklahoma OER guide.

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