Open Educational Resources (OER) are textbooks, courses, study guides, sample tests and other teaching and learning resources available for free or at a very low cost.
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Why Should Instructors Consider Using OER?
Textbooks cost too much.
Some RTC Instructors Are Already Using OER
Curt Holman, Accounting Instructor: "OER textbooks are wonderful for students. Prior to OER books, some students could not afford to buy a book until the middle of the quarter (if ever). Not having a resource book can be a major contributor to failure."
*"Rip Off 101 - 2nd Edition". CALPIRG. http://www.calpirg.org/reports/caf/ripoff-101-2nd-edition
**"Average Net Price - Public Institutions" in Trends in College Pricing 2012. http://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/college-pricing-2012-full-report-121203.pdf
***"7 in 10 students have skipped buying a textbook because of its cost" in Chronicle of Higher Education. http://chronicle.com/article/7-in-10-Students-Have-Not/128785/