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Open Educational Resources: OER

Describes the how open educational resources are crucial to student success and how faculty members at UMBC can adopt, reuse, and create OER content for their courses.

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Readings: Dreon, O. (2019). OERs? What does the research say?

Durham, E. OER Workshop slides March 27, 2019.



Allen, I. E., Seaman, J., Babson Survey Research Group, & Pearson. (2014). Opening the Curriculum: Open Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014. Babson Survey Research Group. Babson Survey Research Group.


Bliss, T. J., Hilton, J., III, Wiley, D., & Thanos, K. (2013). The cost and quality of open textbooks: perceptions of community college faculty and students. First Monday, 18(1), 35–45. 10.5210/fm.v18i1.3972.


Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (2018). The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 262–276. 


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Dreon, O. (2019). OERs? What does the research say? Retrieved from


Durham, E. Open Educational Resources. UMBC LibGuide. Retrieved from 


Fischer, L., Hilton, J., Robinson, T. J., & Wiley, D. A. (2015). A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education (3), 159.


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NBC News, Ben Popken. Rising textbook prices mirror rising drug costs. July 31, 2015. Retreived from 


Systematic Review: OER and Disability. (2018). 2018 IEEE 5th International Congress on Information Science and Technology (CiSt), Information Science and Technology (CiSt), 2018 IEEE 5th International Congress On, 428.


USM Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. Maryland open source textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative. April 3, 2018. Retrieved from 


UNESCO. (2002). Open educational resources (OER). Retrieved from 


Watson, C. E., Domizi, D. P., & Clouser, S. A. (2017). Student and Faculty Perceptions of OpenStax in High Enrollment Courses. International  Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(5), 287–304.


“What is an Open Educational Resource?” Retrieved from Fort Hays State University, 


William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation “Initiatives: Open Educational Resources”


Witman, J., Godwin, E. (2019). Open educational resources: OER. CCBC LibGuide. Retrieved from


Young, S. (2019). Open educational resources. UMD LibGuide. Retrieved from


Zook, C. (2017). Infographic: Textbook Costs Skyrocket 812% in 35 Years. Applied Educational Systems,  Retrieved from