"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution." (UNESCO)
OER Logo 2012 J. Mello,used under a Creative Commons license CC-BY
What is "open"?
Open is defined as accessible to all, free from limitations, boundaries, or restrictions. The growing trend towards adopting open content is just one piece of the puzzle. It is part of a bigger trend where student and faculty participate in choices that drive customizable learning.
Open education resources, including open textbooks, are designed to improve teaching and learning.
Why use an open textbook (or curriculum)?
Why not? It is a win-win for students who struggle to aff ord the high cost of textbooks and faculty who successfully collaborate with their peers to enhance the learning experiences of their students with rich, customized content.
Why create an open textbook (or curriculum)?
Textbooks often go out of print, and content is not updated with new editions. Authoring an open textbook opens doors to improved content, longevity, recognition amongst peers, and new professional opportunities.
It provides opportunity for educators to create and share best practices in teaching and learning and contributes to the entire community.
Questions and answers from #OPEN TEXTBOOK tweet (Sharyn Fitzpatrick). Read the whole book here.