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Open Educational Resources: Defining OER

What are Open Educational Resources?

Why Use OER?

Perceptions of OER

A total of 2,144 faculty were surveyed, representing the full range of higher education institutions, disciplines, and faculty status.

Allen, I. E. & Seaman, J. (2014). Opening the curriculum: Open educational resources in U.S. higher education

Student Perspectives: Affordable Learning Georgia OER Initiative

Effects of Textbook Costs

OER counter the negative effects of high textbook costs. In 2016, over 22,000 students surveyed as part of the Florida Virtual Campus Student Textbook Survey reported: 

  • not purchasing a required textbook due to cost: 66.6%
  • taking fewer concurrent courses due to textbook costs: 47.6%
  • not enrolling for a specific course due to textbook costs: 45.5%
  • dropping a course due to textbook costs: 26.1%
  • withdrew from a course due to textbook costs: 20.7%
  • earning a poor grade as a result of not purchasing the textbook: 37.6%

OER Means...Retaining, Reusing, Revising, Remixing, Redistributing

Faculty Perspectives: SFSU Affordable Instruction Materials OER Initiative

Image Attribution


  • twenty four hours by Matt Wasser from the Noun Project
  • education by Komkrit Noenpoempisut from the Noun Project
  • Risk analysis by Delwar Hossain from the Noun Project
  • hands by Nikita Kozin from the Noun Project
  • Modify by Piotrek Chuchla from the Noun Project