Online Learning Update

October 27, 2018

Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

When professors shift to assigning Open Educational Resources instead of publisher-produced textbooks, the move typically saves students money (and it can be a significant amount). But OER is not free, since it costs money to develop the materials, takes time for professors to evaluate and adopt them, and typically involves other campus-support services as well. A report released last week gives perhaps the most detailed accounting of the pricetag to colleges looking to make signiciant moves to OER.

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