Cost-Savings Achieved in Two Semesters Through the Adoption of Open Educational Resources

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Athabasca University

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Hilton, John, III; Robinson, T. Jared; Wiley, David; Ackerman, J. Dale
Athabasca University
Open Educational Resources; open textbooks; electronic textbooks; open access; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Methods; Education Economics; Higher Education
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Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive high-quality learning materials at little or no cost to students. We report on the cost savings achieved by students at eight colleges when these colleges began utilizing OER in place of traditional commercial textbooks.