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Problem: High Cost of Textbooks
Solution: Open Educational Resources

"Students are a captive market that must buy the assigned book in order to succeed in the class, no matter how much it costs" (Open Textbook Alliance).

Open educational resources (OER) or open textbooks provide an exciting alternative to traditional books that can save students money and improve the educational experience.

  • Open textbooks are just like traditional textbooks except that the authors have decided to publish them under an open copyright license.
  • Open textbooks are available free online and for very low cost in print.
  • Recent research has shown that open textbooks are as effective, if not more effective, than traditionally-published course materials.
  • Individual faculty members can customize open textbooks to make them better fit their classes.
  • Open textbooks are just one example of Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition to books, OER includes open versions of study guides, practice tests, problem sets, exams, videos, and other classroom tools.

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