Improving Access to Education by Lowering Costs:
Adopting Open Educational Resources (OERs) in place of the traditional text(s) is one way to combat prohibitive materials costs, and improve equity and inclusion at our institutions.
Textbooks can be prohibitively expensive for some students, and those students who cannot purchase the required text face greater barriers to success than their counterparts who are able to afford it. This affects the equity in our classrooms, and our ability to create inclusive environments in our institutions.
Innovation and Remixing:
Aside from saving costs for students, OERs offer faculty the opportunity to be innovative, collaborative, and creative in their course design.
Faculty have the opportunity to redefine traditional learning by incorporating multi-media, and go beyond the confines of “teaching to the book”. OER can take many forms, such as: syllabi, lesson plans, videos, software, tests, teaching techniques, group activities, writing prompts, textbooks, learning modules, experiments, simulations, and course designs. OERs are licensed with Creative Commons, making it possible to not only reuse their content, but revise, remix, and/or add onto to meet different needs.
While library resources are not, specifically, OERs, they still represent a great way to help lower course costs. Consider doing any of the following: