"Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning objects (tutorials, syllabi, worksheets, interactive experiences, lesson plans, blogs, etc.) shared under an intellectual property license that enables others to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute them" (Wiley, 2014).
Ideally, Open Educational resources are:
Since some states have invested in education, they have funded the creation of OER textbooks, which the rest of us depend on for providing Free Textbooks. The goal is to use open resources, get comfortable, then start creating and sharing your own open works.
All together - this will Save Students $1 Billion
The textbooks are in repositories so that they remain available. When an updated version is available, a link from old material is provided to updated material. It is essential to properly attribute and cite which work you are using for your class, so students use and cite the proper edition.
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