"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution of resources" (UNESCO, 2019).
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Textbook prices continue to rise more than three times faster than inflation. Open Educational Resources are free.
Research indicates that adopting OER improves grades and decreases withdrawal rates for all students.
Although it is hard to prove, it's easy to think, reducing students' costs will improve their ability to stay enrolled in college and take more courses and that will help everyone.