About Open Educational Resources
Since 1977 the prices of textbooks has increased over 1,000%. That is over four times the rate of inflation. Students are being asked to budget over $1,200 a year for books. These increases have had a negative impact on our students. Well over half the students are not purchasing textbooks due to the cost.
One option for combating the perpetually increasing cost of books is to consider using open educational resources (OERs), which are available from several sources at little to no cost. You can review the collections of OERs to determine if they meet the needs of your students.
Open educational resources are freely used at little to no cost. Unlike copyrighted resources, open educational resources have been created by an individual or institution that has little to no ownership rights of the resource.
An abundance of open resources available, ranging from textbooks to fully designed courses. Some are fully customizable under a creative commons license. The majority of these resources have been peer reviewed, many by faculty at institutions using open educational resources.
Open Textbook Network
The Open Textbook Network was first established at the University of Minnesota. The following very brief video provides an overview of the Open Textbook Network.
Barnes and Noble Loud Cloud
Barnes and Noble Courseware are pre-built courses complete with e-text, videos, activities, and assessments. Students can obtain immediate access to the course at a lower cost than a traditional textbook.
You can fully customize the course and content to best meet the needs of your students.
Click the link to learn more information about Barnes and Noble LoudCloud.
Additional Open Educational Resources
About Open Licensing
All open educational resources are published under a creative commons license. This allows the resources to be re-used, under the specifications in the license. Click the link to learn more about Creative Commons Licenses.
For more information on Open Educational Resources and the Open Textbook Network, please e-mail Joe Alberti, Instructional Designer, in the Office of Distance Education. You may also reach Joe at extension 1535.