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Open Education " the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge." —The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

What is OER?

What is OER?

Open educational resources, also known as OER, are curriculum resources that are either in the public domain or have been made available for the free use and often modification by others. OER materials can include, but are not limited to, full courses, lesson plans, readings, interactive modules, streaming videos, simulations, software, tests and any other materials that can be used to support the curriculum. OER allows educators to participate and collaborate in the creation of new educational materials as well as customize them to their particular learning outcomes for their course.

Here is some general information to help you get started with OER:

Impact of Textbook Prices

The Impact of Textbook Prices on Students

Are your students able to purchase all of the materials needed for your course?

Students at 2-year schools spent an average of $354 on course materials in the Fall of 2015 according to Student Watch survey reported through the National Association of College Stores .

The 2014 national study, Fixing the Broken Textbook Market , had the following findings:

  • 65% of students did not purchase a textbook because it was too expensive

  • 94% of students who did not purchase a textbook were concerned that it would impact their grades.

  • Almost 50% of students reported that the cost of textbooks impacted which classes they took and how many they were able to take during a given semester

A 2016 report, Covering the Cost, voiced concerns about the impact of textbook costs on community college students. It reported that 50% of students at 2-year and community colleges use financial aid to purchase their textbooks.