Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
The Basics of OER:
Textbooks 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.
Faculty using OER in their classrooms are already bridging equity gaps, making learning more affordable and accessible. With open licensed materials, faculty can adapt their courses to be more diverse, the content more inclusive and reflective of their students and the multicultural world they live in, and customize them with a discipline or degree specific focus. The potential to truly impact the student success, engagement, and quality of learning with OER is limitless. Research consistently demonstrates improved student success rates in courses that utilize open educational resources over traditional course materials.