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This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources

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What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 

OER include digital learning materials such as:

open textbooks | courses  | syllabi | lectures | assignments | quizzes | lab activities | games | simulations

Learn more: What is OER?

Why Use OER?

There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER: 

Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share

  • Save time and energy by adapting or revising resources that have already been creating
  • Tailoring educational resources to the specific content for your course
  • Expands opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning by allowing instructors to integrate and revise multiple educational resources
  • Redefines "traditional" learning by often incorporating multi-media or scenario-based education
  • Allows instructor to go beyond the confines of "teaching to the book"

Network and Collaborate with Peers 

  • Access to educational resources that have already been "peer reviewed" by other experts in your field
  • Many resources have a review or annotation feature so instructors have more in-depth knowledge of the resource and its quality quickly
  • Makes learning and teaching more collaborative

Lower Educational Cost and Improve Access to Information

  • Reduces the cost of course materials, particularly textbooks so that all students have access and aren't as financially burdened
  • Find and access information instantly on virtually any topic, and can access with various devices.
  • Gives learners the option of looking at course content openly before enrolling.
  • Can reduce the students bear, sometimes increasing graduation and retention rates
 

Surveys and Reports

A recent Florida Virtual Survey<http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2016_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf> of over 22,000 students found that 66.5% of students did not purchase the required textbook / course materials solely due to cost. Just yesterday, Inside Higher Ed<https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/07/16/measuring-impact-oer-university-georgia?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=e3f54e4e71-DNU_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-e3f54e4e71-197454733&mc_cid=e3f54e4e71&mc_eid=857a64156f> shared how the University of Georgia has saved students 3.2 million in textbook cost since 2013 by utilizing OER. In addition, they found that switching to OER increased the number of A and A-minus grades students received by 5.50 percent and 7.73 percent, respectively. The number of students who withdrew or were awarded D or F grades (known as the DFW rate) fell by 2.68 percent.

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