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Instructors opting for more flexible, cost-effective education materials

WSCC instructors opting for more flexible, cost-effective education materials

The use of Open Educational Resources materials has been on the rise for years. But what is OER, and how does it impact students and the college in a beneficial way?

“Open Educational Resources are things that are freely available and able to be changed and remixed — they don’t have traditional copyright ownership the way that a textbook does,” Snodgrass said.

“These are being adopted by professors because they’re more flexible and they’re a lot more cost-effective for students — a lot more likely to be free or low cost.”

OER are teaching, learning, and research materials freely available to be used, changed, and shared. They give a chance to make learning more affordable, and instructors can customize it to better meet students’ needs.

During the West Shore Community College or WSCC’s February board of trustees meeting on Feb. 15, Renee Snodgrass, director of library services, discussed the benefits of OER and explained how WSCC is implementing it on its campus to enhance learning for its students.

OER can take on many forms, including syllabi, lesson plans, videos, assignments, textbooks, and more.

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