-William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Instructors are legally allowed to engage in the 5R activities:
(Five R's via OpenContent.org)
Have you seen the cost of textbooks lately? Students often pay $100-$300 per class for books that will become outdated before they can be resold. OERs significantly decrease the cost of textbooks per student, often charging nothing for online textbooks and less than $40 for print copies. This also allows students to have access to textbooks and learning materials from the first day of class. Since many OERs can be edited, instructors can tailor the texts to fit the syllabus.
Adopting an OER course is a fairly easy process, which includes identifying your needs, finding the perfect textbook, and evaluating the textbook. While this guide features some basic information about OER and adoptions, other guides have been created with much more in-depth information.