Can OER savings be reinvested to improve quality and student choice?


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Yes. Institutions that save time and money by sharing the cost of development of educational materials can reinvest these savings into the quality of their services thus increasing their competitive advantage in attracting students. For example, tertiary educational providers can:

  • Widen access and enhance curricular choice for their students by increasing the range of course offerings at their institution using OER-based models of course development and delivery;
  • Reduce the cost of textbooks for their students by collaborating on the development of open textbook creation or adaptation projects; and
  • Reinvest time saved through participation in OER initiatives into improving the quality of learner support and/or increasing time for research activities.

Keywords
OER, savings, quality, students, choice, share, access, reduce cost, participation, time saved

References
OER Education Resource Foundation: FAQs (CC-BY-SA). Retrieved from
http://wikieducator.org/OERF:FAQs/Open_Education_Resources/