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How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student?


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Textbooks typically account for one-third of the cost of a college education—but this doesn’t have to be the case. One way to combat the high cost of student learning materials and promote classroom enrollment is through the implementation of open educational resources (OER).

There are many benefits to implementing OER in the classroom. OER are low-cost (or free) to students, peer-reviewed, typically found online, and come in multiple forms, including textbooks, videos, images, PowerPoints, test banks, and more. On top of that, because OER are not bound by copyright laws other than Creative Commons licensing, you can adapt and edit them to align with the learning objectives of your courses.

Are you ready to bring OER into your classroom and start helping your students save on the cost of textbooks? First, you must understand what OER are, how they are accessed, and the various ways OER can be disseminated in the classroom.

Purchase the How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Erik Christensen, the dean of applied sciences and technologies at South Florida State College, who has saved his students more than $50,000 each year by adopting OER.

In this program, Christensen offers an introduction to OER. You’ll come away with an understanding of what OER are, how they compare to traditional learning materials, and where to find them.


Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain what OER are and how they benefit students
  • Understand how OER differ from traditional learning resources
  • Identify different digital repositories where OER can be found
  • Understand Creative Commons rules for adopting, adapting, and sharing OER


  • What OER are and where to find them
  • How OER differ from traditional learning materials
  • How OER help promote high classroom enrollment
  • Digital repositories
  • How OER are licensed and how to work with Creative Commons licensing