If you notice your selected resources are falling out of date, the open license gives anybody the ability to change the resource as they see fit (as long as it does not have a "no derivatives" Creative Commons license). You are legally able to update the text and re-license and share your updated version with the world. In many cases, OER with a high adoption rates (e.g. OpenStax textbooks) are frequently updated and revised. The beauty of OER is that it can be adapted over time. Some instructors work with other instructors or even with their students on customizing and updating the open textbook or resources used in their classes.
- How does OER help students and faculty?
- My books are expensive. What can I do to spend less?
- What is the difference between OER and ZTC?
- [Faculty] Am I required to inform the campus bookstore or the learning area when I switch to OER to replace a traditional textbook?
- [Faculty] Are we giving up quality when transitioning from using textbooks from publishers, like Pearson or Cengage, to using only OER?
- [Faculty] Can I use OER with Canvas?
- [Faculty] How can I know that the OER I select will be kept up-to-date and accurate?
- [Faculty] How do I know if a resource has an open license?
- [Faculty] How do I know if a resource is considered OER?
- [Faculty] I want to know what OER other instructors are using at other institutions. Can I find this out?
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