An Introduction to Open Access at WRLC
THE RAPID SWITCH from in-person to online learning highlights how educational resources that are open and affordable help ensure students have access to their course reading materials.
WHAT IS OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free or low-cost alternatives to costly commercial classroom materials.
Not Just Textbooks
OER materials come in many shapes and sizes -- course syllabi, tutorials, quiz banks, slides, textbooks, and even full courses.
They are peer-reviewed and published with an open license, which gives professors the ability to download, edit, and share them without worrying about copyright.
A major advantage of OER is the ability for anyone to remix, reuse, and revise the material to better fit their course objectives.
Create an educational environment where all students can respond to assignments from the first day of class - no delay and no excuses. It is equity in action.
WHY USE OER?
- Students have access to materials from the first day of class.
- You can edit and adapt OER materials to tailor them to your course.
- OER material is peer reviewed.
- Reduces the cost burden on students.
- OER resources are accessible.
- Improves equity and diversity.
- It's not just textbooks! OER encompasses ancillary materials.
by allowing professors to edit and adapt material to suit their students and courses.
by allowing users to read, listen, and experience material that supports their learning needs.
by reducing the cost burden on students.