Statewide Data on OER Savings
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
North Dakota’s investment of $110,000 in open educational resources saved students at the state’s public institutions at least 10 times that amount, and likely much more, in textbook costs over two academic years, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office.
Advocates of OER view openly licensed course materials as an equitable alternative to increasingly expensive required textbooks from commercial publishers. Numerous states, and more recently the federal government, have begun funding OER initiatives, but consensus on their impact remains elusive.