Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 1: Why Does OER Matter?

OER supports a future where students and instructors have free access to a wide variety of high-quality educational resources that have been collaboratively developed, reviewed, revised, and shared across institutions. A future where educational resources can be easily adapted to fit within the context of specific courses, and to meet the needs of specific students. A future where the cost of creation, use, and maintenance is much lower than the current rising costs of textbooks and other classroom resources.

SPARC  summarizes the why behind using OER with these four points:

  • Textbook costs should not be a barrier to education
  • Students learn more when they have access to quality materials
  • Technology holds boundless potential to improve teaching and learning
  • Better education means a better future