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Open Access & Scholarly Communication: Open Educational Resources

An overview of resources and news in the scholarly community.

What are Open Educational Resources?

"OER are 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. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." [1]

The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Open [2]

  • Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
  • Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways
  • Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
  • Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new
  • Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others

The OERs

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Find OERs

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The Open Education Consortium

 

 

 

 

Open Course Library

 

Rising Textbook Prices

NBC News. "Rising Textbook Prices Mirror Rising Drug Costs." Published July 30, 2015. https://youtu.be/De1261aMknQ

Why?

Surveys show that 65% of students do not purchase course required textbooks because of the expense. They also show that 94% of those students who forgo purchasing a textbook are concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in the course. [1]

Too frequently, students feel forced to choose between not purchasing textbooks (presumably resulting in less learning) or taking fewer classes (resulting in slower time to graduation) in order to manage or reduce college costs. Data has shown that students using OER enroll in a significantly higher number of credits that students who do not. [2]

Open Textbook Collections

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