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Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER and Affordable Learning: Overview

What is Affordable Learning?

Affordable learning supports the use of "quality, low-or-no cost education  resources that encourage student success while lowering student costs. These resources, most often referred to as Open Education Resources (OER) can include "textbooks, modules, lectures, labs, videos, and other pedagogical material." 

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The Affordable College Textbook Act 

The Affordable College Textbook Act (H.R.2107S.1036) would reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other open educational resources) that everyone can download, edit and share freely to benefit students. The legislation was introduced in the 116th Congress on April 4, 2019 Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO).

Source: Affordable College Textbook Act (H.R.2107 S.1036)

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution

This is an excellen introduction to open education resources, the urgency of the issue of affordable learning and how instutions of higher learning can contribute.

An Introduction to Open Education Resources

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