An open license permits users of a resource to participate in the 5R activities of OER:
Read more about defining “open” in OER.
Textbook costs have risen 82% since 2006, as a result, according to a 2014 survey of 2039 students at 156 campuses across 33 states -
- Using OER can provide tremendous cost savings for students as well as impact student success and completion rates.
- OER provide students with day one access to free course materials.
- Research reviewed by the Open Education Group shows that most students perform as well or better using OER course materials compared with students using traditional textbooks.
- Faculty enjoy more freedom in selecting course materials, and can customize these materials to fit the specific needs of their students and goals of their classes.
- OERs provide clearly defined rights to users, so faculty are not faced with interpreting Fair Use and TEACH Act guidelines.
OER materials are available to students on day 1 of class, avoiding delays due to financial difficulties, and enhancing student equity. Faculty determine their revision schedule, thereby avoiding publisher pressure to change editions. Students benefit from reduced textbook costs.
Textbook quality varies for both open and commercially published materials. Just as with selecting a commercially produced textbook, faculty must evaluate the quality of a particular OER.
No. Using OER is not a requirement for MtSAC faculty, but faculty are encouraged to explore possibilities for open content that provide a more cost-effective alternative to the students.
"For UC, it's fine to use assembled materials or Open Educational Resources, so long as they're as stable and publicly available as published textbooks (and not a list of links)."--Nancy Purcille, Transfer Articulation Coordinator, University of California, Office of the President
"Same for the CSU."--Ken O'Donnell, Senior Director, Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships, CSU Office of the Chancellor
"It is becoming increasingly evident that, on the teaching and learning side, educational institutions that succeed are likely to do so predominantly by understanding that their real potential educational value lies not in content itself (which is increasingly available in large volumes online), but in their ability to guide students effectively through educational resources via well-designed teaching and learning pathways ..." Read more
Many of the materials in Canvas Commons are OER. In this 9-minute video, SRJC Math faculty Dr. Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg shows how she uses Canvas Commons to import sample course shells with free OpenStax content produced by and aligned with the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative's course design standards.