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Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources (OER) and Open Textbooks

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in analog, digital and interactive formats that allow faculty the ability to customize course materials, including through the publication and adoption of open textbooks. Among the benefits of OER are that:

  • Students have access high-quality information, a diversity of viewpoints, and materials in a variety of formats.
  • Instructors may find increased flexibility in using course materials which may be customized for a specific topic, offer diverse perspectives, and provide for increased access to affordable course materials.
  • Faculty can publish textbooks and other teaching material under an open license and contribute their expertise to scholarly communities around the world.

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

Impact of OERs on student learning, student success, and college affordability