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Open Educational Resources (OER) for Faculty

Why Open Education?

Affordability is a barrier to student access to textbooks and educational materials. This has real impact on student learning.

Open educational resources address the difficulties students have in finding affordable course materials by allowing students and educators to:

  • Retain: Make and own copies
  • Reuse: Use in a wide range of ways
  • Revise: Adapt, modify, and improve
  • Remix: Combine two or more
  • Redistribute: Share with others

These are known as the 5 R's of open education and apply to not just textbooks but also syllabi, tests, quizzes, maps, graphs, charts, videos, images, and data.

You can also use library subscription materials in your classroom, which are technically not open but are already paid for by students.

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