Teaching without Textbooks: The Rise in Open Educational...

Teaching without Textbooks: The Rise in Open Educational Resources 

Higher education faces a serious problem over rising costs, with Americans owing $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.1 Over the recent years, colleges have experimented with ways to relieve some of the financial pressure, such as instituting tuition freezes or cuts. However, many have struggled with maintaining their new price tag and returned to the same price within a couple of years.

Cost cutting has been an obstacle in the classroom, as educators try to stretch their budgets. “Open educational resources” (also known as OER) is a movement on the rise, rooted in the belief that anyone can learn, with the goal of eliminating financial, legal, and technical barriers to education. Open educational resources are available for free or a low cost under an open license, which means that it can be edited and tailored for a teacher’s particular course or student needs.

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