Open Educational Resources
Welcome to Open Educational Resources (OER). This site is designed to assist you with learning about and locating OER materials that you can use in place of costly textbooks. Use the navigation on the left to learn more or contact one of the OER Specialists for assistance.
A Case for OER...
It may be no surprise that the ever-increasing cost of textbooks and instructional materials places a burden on many students. Many of these students are unable to purchase textbooks and/or materials for their classes in a timely manner (if at all), which ultimately affects their success in a course. The chart below, from an article in the Economist back in 2014, shows an unconscionable increase in the cost of textbooks since the 70s. A situation that only continues to get worse.
The Economist, 8/16/14 - http://econ.st/2CPMkTR
This coupled with the increases in tuition and fees, as the following chart depicts -- which students cannot get out of paying -- forces students into situations where they are unable to purchase costly textbooks/materials for their classes.
A report, "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market," published by the The Student Public Interest Research Groups
(PIRGs), documents the findings of a survey of 2039 students at 156 campuses across 33 states. The results of this survey found that 1/2 of those students surveyed take fewer or different classes because of textbook costs; and 2/3 choose not to purchase textbooks, even though 9.5 out of 10 students are concerned about their grades. - http://www.studentpirgs.org/sites/student/files/reports/NATIONAL Fixing Broken Textbooks Report1.pdf
As educators, we can assist our students with this problem, by using free OER. More and more OER are becoming available all the time, including openly licensed text, media, and digital sources that faculty can use and reuse as teaching and learning materials, at no cost, and without needing to ask permission.
If you are interested in switching over to OER contact one of the OER Specialists listed on the left for assistance or use the navigation on the left to learn more.