Students will benefit from OER in a number of ways:
Adopting free or lower cost textbooks that can be customised to suit local learning and curriculum needs. This in turn can improve course persistence and performance, along with program completion.
Promoting more engaging forms of learning, particularly courses utilising student-centred approaches to teaching where learners become partners in co-creating, enriching, and reconfiguring the learning materials they use in their courses.
Providing authentic and engaging learning assignments, for example student teachers who develop OER as part of the official course requirements practising and refining their skills in a live OER community. Examples include the Biology in elementary schools course taught by Saint Michael’s College (USA), the Chemistry LibreTexts Library project based at the University of California, Davis, and the Wikipedia Education Program.
The OER Foundation’s free wiki skills training can be integrated into official courses where learners are required to collaborate on course projects. For example, students taking a Master’s in Educational Technology Degree at the University of Mauritius receive skills training are assigned tasks within WikiEducator by way of the OER Foundation’s Learning4Content. Similarly, students taking a course in Information Technology Literacy offered by the Regional Institute of Education (NCERT) in Bhopal, India sign up for training in WikiEducator.
Extended opportunities for community service learning courses where academic study is linked to community service, for example DeAnza College’s community service and engagement courses hosted on WikiEducator.
Internationalisation of the learning experience for students through the extensive international networks and community of the OER Foundation.
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