Why OER?

Everyone Benefits

While there are many advantages for adopting or authoring OER, we’ve identified some of the top benefits, below.  

For Faculty

  • Improved course outcomes  
  • Foster goodwill with students
  • Leverage existing OER content  
  • Freedom to tailor: no copyright restrictions  
  • Deeper engagement: more relevant materials
  • Leverage open pedagogy to give voice to your students  
  • Extends your academic profile  

For Students

  • Cost = Free  
  • Access: Immediate and Continuous  
  • Customized and Relevant
  • Easy to find and access
  • Textbooks reflect lived experiences and diverse perspectives
  • Opportunities for digital project creation to enhance career profile


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