Open Educational Resources (OER)
is defined here as
“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.”
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Reasons why students want to use Open textbooks:
Reasons why faculty want to use Open textbooks:
From "The Other Open-Access Debate"
"Books are a significant part of that debt, particularly for low-income students attending public universities. The website Cengagebrain.com shows that STEM textbooks frequently carry list prices of more than $250, putting them out of reach for many students. An NBC News review of Bureau of Labor Statistics data in 2015 found that textbook prices rose at more than three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase. At the same time, the lifetime cost of not completing two- and four-year degrees is also on the rise"
Harris, D., & Schneegurt, M. A. (2016). The Other Open - Access Debate. American Scientist, 104(6), 334 - 336..