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Learn about OER and Affordability efforts at BYU

What are open educational resources (OER) and affordability?
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.”

Affordability: This refers to efforts used by educational institutions to reduce or eliminate course materials costs while maintaining the high level of education expected of education.
BYU Faculty Highlight

Library Course Reserve

January 11, 2023 03:26 PM
The library provides services to help reduce the cost of course materials. You've found a textbook but only want to use one or two chapters? Library Course Reserve can help at no cost to you or the students

Recent OER & Affordability News

UC and Elsevier Reach Agreement in 10-year Deal

On 16 March 2021 the University of California reached a 10-year deal with Elsevier to publish UC-authored journal articles openly. You can read the entire story at: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-news-uc-secures-landmark-open-access-deal-world-s-largest-scientific-publisher.