Free to Learn Guide

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Abstract: Open Educational Resources (OER) offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials. Leading scholars around the world are already participating in the OER movement even without support from most higher education institutions, including community colleges. Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic governance leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.

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Table of Contents



A Short History of OER

Why So Little Attention from Higher Education Officials?

Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning through Resource Sharing and Collaboration

Ensuring Quality

Different Types of OER Meet Different Needs

Moving OER into the Educational Mainstream: Challenges and Opportunities

Passing a Pro-OER Board Level Policy: Initiating the Higher Education Governance Conversation


Index of OER Resources