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The cost of expensive commercial textbooks a growing barrier to students’ success. Many institutions are now turning to freely available open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) as a better alternative. Today, a growing number of colleges and universities are eliminating textbook costs in OER-based courses that give students free access to all course materials on the first day of class.
This presentation, prepared by open education innovator Dr. David Wiley and Center for Excellence in Distance Learning director Dr. Kim Long discusses what is OER, how to find and use OER, and the linkage between OER and improvements in student success, with a particular focus on minority-serving institutions.