What are OERs?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
More information on the specific licensing types and conditions creators apply to their work can can be found on the Creative Commons Licenses and Examples page.
Why does Open Education Matter?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index (CPI) Database, the price of college textbooks has steadily increased over the last few years. This graph illustrates the rise in textbook cost from October 2008 to October 2018: