The rapidly rising cost of textbooks in higher education has left many students without access to the materials they need to succeed. Studies show that 93% of students who use OERs do as well or better than those using traditional materials, since they have easy access to the content starting day one of the course.
Open Educational Resources are freely accessible and openly licensed teaching and learning materials that can be reused, shared, revised and remixed. OERs include textbooks, quizzes, games, videos and other course materials.
The worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. OERs offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning.