URSU supports the use of Open Education Resources (OER) which would reduce the barriers to post-secondary education for people of all backgrounds. OER could mean the use of open-access textbooks, but it could also refer to the use of open courseware, podcasts, YouTube videos, etc. Ideally, OER will be used for all entry-level courses, while later courses with more specialized knowledge could be taught using textbooks available at the library via our Textbooks for All program.

Who is using Open Education Resources?

URSU would like to acknowledge and thank the following professors who have recently used OER in their courses:

Instructor Teaching Area Course # Students Student Savings (est’d)
Nick Carleton Psychology PSYC102, -001, -002, -003, -004 358 $35,800
Amber Fletcher Sociology SOC 100 125 $11,250
Social Studies SOST 203 60 $6,000
Bianca Hatin Psychology PSYCH 204 88 $8,800
Sarah Ivens Psychology PSYCH 204 90 $9,000
TOTAL 721 $70,850

*Amount of student savings based on BC Campus average of $100 per student using OTB to account for students previously not buying the textbook or borrowing it.

Other profs using OTB:

  • Harvey King (economics)
  • Joan Wagner (nursing)
  • Robert Petry (math)
  • Bettina Schneider (personal finance/business)
  • Alec Couros (education)
  • Karen Lehmann (nursing)
  • David Gerhard (computer science)
  • Barbara Reul (music)

I want to use OER, too!

The most plausible way to increase use of OER at this time is to discuss the value of it with your peers and colleagues, and to ask your instructor, professor, department, or faculty to adopt wider use of OER. The BCcampus OpenEd website lists over 250 Open Access Textbooks that may be suitable for your classes. CNX from Rice University lists even more, as does MERLOT. The UofR also has their own Open Access Textbooks available for a limited number of classes and runs an Open Textbook Program.

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