Open Educational Resources (OER)

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    What are OER?

    Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. 
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  • Welcome to Open Education Resources
    “Increasing costs closes doors. Lowering costs opens doors.”

    -President Mark Huddleston, 2015 State of the University Address.
    Image: Libby Levi for  Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In a 2014 survey, 65% of students reported not purchasing a textbook because of its high price.  The high cost of course materials can undermine student learning.

In 2015, UNH initiated a university-wide faculty grant pilot project to support and evaluate the use of OER in UNH courses.  Nine faculty (Open Education Ambassadors) were selected to re-envision their courses by incorporating OER with the goal of lowering the cost for students while providing a high quality learning experience.  Since those initial efforts, nearly 40 Ambassador projects have been undertaken resulting in improved learning outcomes and cost savings of approximately $300,000 for UNH students.  

The Ambassador program has grown to include colleagues at Granite State College, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University through the generous funding of the University System of New Hampshire's Strategic Technology Fund.  The Open Education initiative at UNH is supported through a partnership among the UNH Library, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and Academic Technology.




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