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What are Open Educational Resources?

"What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

In its simplest form, the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) describes any educational resources (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that are openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or license fees. . . Openly licensed content can be produced in any medium: paper-based text, video, audio or computer-based multimedia. A lot of e-learning courses may harness OER, but this does not mean that OER are necessarily e-learning. Indeed, many open resources being produced currently – while shareable in a digital format – are also printable." - Neil Butcher in A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) 

A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks

Textbook Prices

The new era of the $400 college textbook”  by Mark J. Perry,  July 26, 2015,  AEIdeas