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Open Educational Resources: OER @ Wake Tech

 

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OER @ Wake Tech

As the cost of education continues to rise and students struggle to pay for their education, colleges around the world are seeking new methods of making education more accessible and more affordable. Open Educational Resources (OER) are just one of those ways. 

Open Educational Resources are free and openly licensed materials that any faculty member can use and any student can access. OER gives faculty the opportunity to create new course materials, edit material created by other faculty, and share materials so anyone can use them. And since Open Educational Resources are free-to-use, they save students money, thus removing one barrier to a quality education.

At Wake Tech, the OER movement started in Spring 2016, when a Chemistry professor started using an open textbook in her online classes. Since then, faculty in departments all across Wake Tech have begun using open textbooks in their courses, saving students millions of dollars in textbook costs each year. 

Staff and faculty in the eLearning & Instructional Design Department and in Library Services are available to assist faculty with OER. We have compiled resources explaining OER, information on navigating open licenses, and lists of open textbook repositories. For further assistance in locating and using OER, faculty are encouraged to reach out to us. Together we can work towards making education more accessible for Wake Tech students.

We asked students in the library

"How much did you spend on textbooks this year?" 

Students wrote the cost of their textbooks on a whiteboard in the library.