4 OER Benefit Students & Faculty

Learning Objectives

  • List the ways that OER benefit students and faculty

OER Reduce Costs & Remove Barriers

When compared to traditional commercial textbooks, OER better support UTSA students because they are: free, available on Class Day One, and continuously accessible, even after graduation.

True Academic Freedom

Textbook publishers sometimes lock faculty into using their materials with restrictive contracts that prohibits the use of other materials in a said course. OER, however, provide the greatest academic freedom for faculty: giving instructors the flexibility to tailor their readings and draw from a broader range of materials.

OER Positively Impact Learning & Equity

The OER research says so!  The research by Hilton and Colvard, et al demonstrate that the integration of OER can greatly impact academic success and equity in access for diverse students.

Key Takeaways

UTSA Faculty: Leveraging the Power of OER

Hear from Cindy Roberts, Assistant Professor of Practice in the UTSA Department of Mathematics, on her experience incorporating OER into MAT 1193: Calculus for the Biosciences


Key Takeaways


Based on the content in this module, how would you sway faculty peers that are dead set on adopting a pricey commercial textbook to consider OER instead?  Feel free to use testimonials from previous modules as your talking points.

Additional Resources

Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (2018). The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 15.

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573–590.


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