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Using Open Educational Resources (OER) and other options for Educational Materials for Saving Students Money


What Are OER Resources?

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According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Open Educational Resources are "any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation."

Why should I care about OERs?


Why Use OER's?

  • OER's have been shown to significantly reduce the financial burden on students 

  • OER's allow faculty to customize their course materials to exactly fit their learning objectives and the needs of students

  • OER's allow students to contribute to the course materials by utilizing Open Pedagogy

  • OER's have been shown to reduce DFW rates and also to increase students' number of credit hours taken

  • OER's allow faculty to increase Diversity and Inclusion in their course materials

  • OER's strengthen the pedagogical soundness of courses and have also been shown to increase student engagement

Learn More: OER Research Summaries