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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.

What is OER?


"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium- digital or otherwise- that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (UNESCO, 2018) 


                                     "OER" Fort Hays State University,

Overview of OER

"Since 1978, the cost of textbooks in the U.S. has risen 812%...Within Maryland alone, 2-year and 4-year students spend over $263 million a year in textbooks." -Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative

OER and Social Justice

Rajiv Jhangiani. (2020, Mar 5). Open Digital Futures: Supporting Social Justice & Pedagogical Innovation. Concordia University.