OER stands for 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."
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
OERs are Important to Students
$1225+ is the average cost per year for textbooks & supplies
48% of students surveyed indicated cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester
65% of students indicated that they had decided against buying an expensive textbook
Equity: Textbook costs are not always covered by scholars and/or waivers. Loan funds are not always available at the beginning of terms. OERs level the playing field for students choosing courses.
"Open education is a philosophy, a pedagogical shift, and a movement that works to improve educational experiences through adopting learning materials that aren’t locked down by restrictive copyright laws. In a lot of ways open education is about saving students money on textbooks, which helps institutions to meet equity of access missions. However, open education is also about increasing student achievement, inspiring passion among faculty, and building better connections between students and the materials that they use to meet their educational goals."
- Jensen & West's "Open educational resources and the higher education environment"
Many people use the terms OER and Open Textbook synonymously, but OERs can be any type of material used by educators, including but not limited to:
For more definitions of OER, check out this Creative Commons What is OER? page.
an OER material provides its creator with 5 rights:
The five Rs are possible when materials are in the public domain or are made available with an open licensing tool such as a Creative Commons license.
- This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221