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Learn about OER and Affordability efforts at BYU

What are open educational resources (OER) and affordability?
Affordability: This refers to efforts used by educational institutions to reduce or eliminate course materials costs while maintaining the expected high quality of a higher education experience.

Open Educational Resources: “teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities,” (Creative Commons) that is, retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (Wiley). Further, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines open education as “the myriad of learning resources, teaching practices and education policies that use the flexibility of OER to provide learners with high quality educational experiences.”
News & Highlights
BYU Faculty Highlight

John Hilton, III--OER Advocate, User, and Researcher

October 29, 2020 01:40 PM
Dr. John Hilton, III is no stranger to Open Educational Materials. He has researched, used and developed open materials for years with his colleagues in the Open Ed Group ( His research touches on the efficacy of OER as well as important considerations in using open resources.

Recent OER & Affordability News

Higher Ed, Lower Costs

Dr. Royce Kimmons of the Instructional Psychology and Technology department is working hard to help students reduce their course materials costs. His work is reported in the Spring 2024 issue of Y Magazine.