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OER: An Introduction: MYTHS of OER

Myths of OER

  1. OPEN SIMPLY MEANS FREE
    1. FACT:  Open means the permission to freely download edit, and share materials to better serve all students
  2. ALL OER ARE DIGITAL
    1. FACT:  OER take many formats, including print, digital, audio, and more
  3. "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"
    1. FACT:  OER can be produced to the same quality standards as tradition textbooks
  4.  COPYRIGHT FOR OER IS COMPLICATED
    1. FACT:  Open licensing makes OER easy to freely and legally use
  5. OER ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE
    1. FACT:  Models are evolving to support the sustainability and continuous improvement of OER
  6. OPEN TEXTBOOKS LACK ANCILLARIES
    1. FACT:  Open textbooks often come with ancillaries, and when they do not, existing OER can provide additional support
  7. MY INSTITUTION IS NOT READY FOR OER
    1. FACT: Any institution can start with small steps toward OER that make an impact for students

SPARC (2017). OER Mythbusting. Washington, DC: SPARC

 

 

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