The cost of textbooks has risen more than 800% over the past 30 years, with the average college student now spending $1,200 per year on books and materials for his/her classes. As a result, more than 60% of students will refrain from purchasing a textbook at some point in their academic careers due to the expense.
Staff, faculty, and students are working together to decrease student expenses, increase research potential, and open educational access via institutional events, partnerships, and initiatives.
Open Educational Resources (OER) may be any educational materials—from entire textbooks to single assignments—that are licensed for open use, adaptation, and sharing. OER are just a part of the larger goals of Open Education, a movement aimed at leveraging the collaborative possibilities of the Internet to make academic materials affordable and accessible for all learners.
By implementing OER in their classrooms, faculty members empower students from all economic backgrounds to access and retain the materials that valuably augment a Clemson education!
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has published a helpful fact sheet on OER here.
Clemson Online and Clemson Libraries, with funding from the IT Student Advisory Board, have partnered to provide faculty with financial support and university resources in order to adopt/adapt/create OER in their courses. Successful applicants from each of Clemson's seven colleges will receive a $2,000 award and will receive guidance and support from librarians, technologists, and instructional designers.