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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.”

-- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Refer to for information about licenses.

Background to OER

free the textbook, book flying
Opensourceway / CC BY - SA

Reasons why students want to use Open textbooks:

  1. Students have textbooks by the first day of class.
  2. Student can print, highlight, take notes in, share, create, etc. within the textbook ... and not have to worry about re-sell value of the book. 
  3. Students have permanent access to material ... no longer the rent and vanish model.
  4. Open textbooks make higher education more affordable.

Reasons why faculty want to use Open textbooks:

  1. Student are taught correct use of copyrighted material, as well as, progressive copyrights under Creative Commons .. no more turning a blind eye on pirated or illegal copies.
  2. Campuses take back ownership of content.  Faculty can combine materials and improve textbooks to their needs.  The Open Education Movement refers to this as the 5Rs - Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute.
  3. It fosters a free exchange of ideas and fits in well within ACRL Framework for information Literacy ("Scholarship as Conversation") and Active Learning Environments.

Research and articles on OER

Open Information, graphic of books out of reach of students

From "The Other Open-Access Debate"
"Books are a significant part of that debt, particularly for low-income students attending public universities. The website 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..

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