Open Educational Resources are Eliminating Textbook Costs - Gabriela Villa, Mount Observer

The main benefit of OER is that it is saves students money, said Ellen Pratt, distance education and outreach librarian at MWCC. OER (Open Educational Resources) is defined by the Hewlett Foundation as “high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose.” “There is a push across the country to create degree programs that have zero course material cost related to them,” said Pratt, who has been working to establish OER at The Mount for a year and a half. OER is now beginning to replace textbooks in many classes.


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