Why Should I Use OER?
There are many benefits to using OER.
Money: The biggest benefit of course, is the money that it saves students. With tuition costs, living expenses, and all other expenses, there’s plenty to pay for when in college (or life, really!). If we can save costs by using openly licensed resources, why not? There is evidence, provided by Florida Virtual Campus, that demonstrates the following statistics:
2018 Florida Student Textbook & Course Materials Survey by Florida Virtual Campus is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Customized Course Materials: Textbooks are written with a specific goal in mind. Similarly, courses are built with a focus, which is usually the learning objectives. There is a movement in education, shifting the focus off of textbooks. But sometimes textbooks do not support that mission. So, when making custom materials, like OER, an instructor can remix or create a text, video, podcast, and other openly licensed learning materials that make sense for the course. Faculty can use, improve, and share materials. Faculty can network and collaborate with others. And in turn, this creates materials that are tailored to a course, with current information (and they can be updated regularly!). Please note: some Creative Commons Licenses do have restrictions, like NoDerivatives (nothing can be changed) or ShareAlike (it must be shared with the same licensing).