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OER and Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)
Information on free and low-cost textbook and courseware options: what they are, how to find them, and programs to support their adoption.
Open educational resources, or other free or low-cost textbooks
Open courseware, or other free or low-cost learning resources and ancillary materials (test banks, homework, and so on)
Books or articles licensed for use through the library
Public domain materials
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials such as textbooks, online homework, test banks, interactive modules and even entire courses that are freely available to be used, remixed, improved, and redistributed. They are often available under a Creative Commons license. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which has been supporting OER since 2002, defines them as "high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose."
SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.
Babson Survey Research Group's most recent survey on OER in U.S. higher education. The 2017-2018 survey shows growth in faculty awareness of OER. Over 4,000 faculty and department chairpersons report almost 50% of faculty are aware of OER.