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Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. They include a multitude of formats, including textbooks, full courses, modules, videos, labs, assignments, and assessments. (Source: EDUCAUSE)
OER are licensed in such a way that enables adopters to utilize the 5 Rs:
Creative Commons licenses are often applied to OER to license these rights to adopters.
Students save money:
Between 2006 and 2016, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73%, over four times the rate of inflation. High textbook prices have a disproportionate impact on students at community college. (Source: Open 101: an Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks)
Because of the high cost of textbooks, significant numbers of students report not purchasing the required textbook, taking fewer courses, earning poor grades, and dropping courses. (Source: Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017.)
Pedagogical freedom: Faculty can add, remove, and modify content to fit their classroom rather than having an expensive textbook dictate topics and order.
Immediate and lasting access: Resources can be accessed immediately, retained, and returned to again and again.
Oakland Community College Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources by OCC Librarians is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://nmc.libguides.com/oer/home and https://libguides.lcc.edu/oer/overview.