URSU supports the use of Open Educational 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 certain libraries.
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|
*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.