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OERs: Open Educational Resources

This is a starting place for exploring open educational resources. Open educational resources can provide good alternatives to many expensive textbooks and other teaching materials.

Key Reports and Surveys

Allen, I.E. & Seaman, J. (2016).  Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-2016.  Babson Survey Research Group.  Retrieved from:

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

Senack, E. & Donoghue, R.  (2016).  Covering the cost: why we can no longer afford to ignore high textbook prices.   The Student PIRGs. Retrieved from:  (CC BY Attribution)


A Few good Articles

Bell, S.  (2015).  "Start a textbook revolution, continued: librarians lead the way with open educational resources."   Library Issues: briefings for faculty and administrators, 35 (1).  Retrieved from:​   (on campus access only)

Fenton, W. (2016, July 25) "Free textbooks from Rice OpenStax: too good to be true?"  PCMag.  Retrieved from:

Hilton, III, J. (2015).  "The review project." Open Education Group.  Retrieved from:

Hilton, III, J. (2015, February 19).  "Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions."  Educational Technology Research and Development.   Retrieved from:

McAndrew, P., Pitt, R., de los Arcos, B., Farrow, R., & Weller, M. (2017). What Can OER Do for Me? Evaluating the Claims for OER. Ubiquity Press.  Retrieved from:

National Association of College Stores.  (2016). "Higher education retail market facts & figures."  Retrieved from:

Pinola, M. (2016, February 13) "Open Syllabus Project shows the books students are assigned most in college."  Lifehacker.  Retrieved from:

Pomeranz, J. & Peek, R. (2016, May 2) "Fifty shades of open." firstmonday, 21 (5).    Retrieved from:



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