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Source: The Review Project
This guide was created by Allegra Swift and Margaret Hogarth building off of
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe's OER Guide for the University Library, University of Illinois.
There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER:
Hoping to learn more? There have been multiple studies on faculty implementations, misunderstandings, acceptance of, and evaluation of OER. The Review Project has curated a number of empirical studies published in scholarly journals on the topic. Their general conclusion is:
Once adopted, OER provide the permissions necessary for faculty to engage in a wide range of pedagogical innovations. In each of the studies reported above, OER were used in manner very similar to the traditional textbooks they replaced. We look forward to reviewing empirical articles describing the learning impacts of open pedagogies.