[Irtalk] Textbook prices could fall thanks to increased open education resources | opensource.com

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed May 14 00:10:34 SAST 2014

Open education resources (OER) are an attempt to solve the textbook pricing
problem by giving students and faculty great content at more reasonable
prices -- even free, which many consider to be the most reasonable price
point of all. *You'll often hear OER also referred to as open textbooks,
but it's really so much more than freely accessible textbooks -- it's
freely available class content.* That means textbooks, but it also means
course shells, syllabi, class assignments, and slide decks. So while OER
discussions often focus on cost from a student perspective, it also has the
potential to help faculty develop and refine their own course materials.
Student cost savings is but one component of OER.

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