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OER are teaching or learning materials in the public domain that can be reused, revised, remixed, redistributed, and retained.
Videos, interactive materials, intrachapter knowledge checks, and customizable quizzes & tests are some of the perks of using OER.
These resources are found mostly online and can be easily edited with third-party applications.
Teaching Benefits: OER can be edited, removed, or added to, allowing content to be adapted to meet teaching preferences and approved learning outcomes.
Learning Benefits: OER provides the learner with affordable access to learning materials that can be retained beyond the course session.
Did you know?
Spent by students at DSU, on average, each year for textbooks.
Of students at DSU did not purchase a textbook because of its cost.
The Five R's
OER is downloadable and can be reprinted and reused indefinitely.
Similar to publisher material, chapters and segments of OER should be updated regularly. Unlike publisher material, OER can easily be revised.
Pulling material from multiple sources and sewing them together as one is just a part of OER’s beauty.
Revisions, updates, and remixes to OER material can be redistributed and circulated for the convenience of all.
Students are able to keep their textbooks to reuse later in life.
Less students drop of out classes because of high textbook cost.
Engaging, affordable, and current
“I have used OER to teach campus, blended and online courses. I have found OER increases student learning and engagement, provides the most current reading material, and gives affordable access of content to students in my Science and STEM Education courses.”
“I love it, and more importantly the students love it. Many of them have expressed how grateful they are they don’t have to pick between groceries and textbooks during the first week of the semester. Would highly recommend to all professors. Very easy to use, intuitive, very helpful for the students and I have noticed more engagement from students overall.”