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Open Educational Resources (OER): Tools for Affordable Learning: Home

This guide describes high-quality educational resources that can be used to decrease material costs for courses at WOU and in higher education more broadly.


A HUGE shout out to Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Washington State University, for letting me reuse everything on her OER guide. This is truly what OER are all about!


Over the past several years, students and educators have watched with concern as the cost of educational materials has risen dramatically. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook costs have increased more than 1,000% since 1977, outpacing the cost of medical care, new homes, and the consumer price index. These costs can be detrimental to students as they may struggle to keep up in courses and may be more likely to drop out when they cannot readily access textbook material. Seeking to address these concerns, colleges and universities have begun to seek educational materials that are both high-quality and affordable for students.


What Is the Problem? Textbook Cost Inflation Explained

What Are Potential Solutions?

Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. OER are emerging as a strategy for lowering barriers to student academic success, specifically by ensuring that all students have access to course materials regardless of their financial situation. A key advantage of OER is that they can reduce cost for students while increasing faculty control over course content..

Why Open Educational Resources? A Graphical Take on OER

@bccampus #OERforum @opencontent Why Open Education? [visual notes]

Giulia Forsythe Visual Notes. (2012). OER Forum, BCCampus. Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Share Alike License. 

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