Open educational resources are free shareable resources which have open licenses. They are useful for teaching, learning, and research. They have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others or, reside in the public domain. The term was first adopted at UNESCO'S 2002 Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries.
One way to address the rising cost of education to students. Faculty have greater control over their resources. OER expands access to more learners
There are many repositories for finding OER which includes textbooks, course materials, and multimedia resources. The research guide OER: A Guide to Resources provides sources which are open source or freely available.
In late 2017, over 10,000 Washington State higher education students responded to a survey on the affordability of course materials. The survey, conducted by WACTCSA and SBCTC, has provided a summary of findings: Research Brief
Students have recommended various strategies for improving textbook affordability.