Open Access extends into the classroom via Open Educational Resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.”
Interest in OER has grown, both locally and nationally, as traditional textbook prices continue to increase. Recently, the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges published an extensive report on OER usage in WA’s community college system, the White House announced plans to support OER initiatives, and the Affordable College Textbook Act was reintroduced in both houses of Congress. One of our very own student employees also recently wrote a blog post extolling the virtues of OER as a means of supplemental instruction.
For more information and resources related to OER, check out the Campus Library’s Open Educational Resources guide. If you have any other questions, please contact us.