Free educational resources encourage student success at RVCC - Donna Stolzer, Raritan Valley Community College

In response, a growing number of RVCC courses have replaced traditional textbooks with open educational resources (OER), which are online resources that can be freely downloaded, edited and shared. OER not only saves students money, it also offers innovative instruction options for faculty based on the most up-to-date information in the field of study. Ten RVCC courses have been using the OER materials during the fall 2018 semester, and an additional five courses will be implementing them next semester. Most of these classes — such as Introduction to Business, Business Law I and II, English Composition II, Introduction to Literature, the Nature of Science, and Introduction to Sociology — are high enrollment, first-year courses. RVCC students enrolled in these classes have saved over $93,000 in textbook costs.


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