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Open Educational Resources

Why OER?

Customized course resources and lower textbook costs: transforming society

The open resource movement has been around for a while, starting with static learning objects (about 2000), and transitioning to OERs that allowed for revision and reuse. The ever increasing cost of textbooks and materials for students is now pushing the OER movement forward around the globe.

Through OERs the cost of student materials can be drastically reduced.  

OERs give faculty the ability to customize course materials, creating the "perfect" course packet or textbook instead of being bound to a traditional one-size-fits-all model. Customization gives faculty control over the quality of their course materials as well as the type and timing of updates to textbooks and other resources. Customization also allows faculty to infuse course materials with pedagogy that reflects the Concordia mission of "preparing leaders for the transformation of society". Some faculty also enjoy the opportunity to include upper level students in the creation of course materials. OERs also allow required textbooks or materials to be available to all students from the very first day of class or beforehand.

In the videos below, hear about the impact of commercial textbooks from students themselves.

Students talk about textbook costs

Video: click to play: UNW Students: how textbook costs impact my education

Why Open Education Matters

"Everything the internet enables, OER allows."

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