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Open Educational Resources (OER): Why OER?

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OER Explained

testimonial from an instructorOpen educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. OER confer significant dollar savings while also giving learners ready access to a wide range of high-quality, highly flexible educational materials. Open content offers faculty a means to customize the curriculum to better align with learner needs and interests and to collaborate in new ways with peers worldwide.  

From "7 Things You Should Know About Open Education."


  • OER allow students to have learning materials right from the start of their courses.
  •  Faculty enjoy more freedom in selecting course materials and can customize these materials to fit the specific needs of their students and goals of their classes. 

Studies have shown that the rising cost of books negatively impacts student success and retention:Graph of the impact of Textbook Costs on Students

Learn more about OER

Read more on OER from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources


Examples of OER