The Pros and Cons of OER
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-08-03
- Cost savings This is definitely the biggest selling point of incorporating these materials. OERs are inexpensive, openly licensed and freely shared.
- Stay current The nature of OERs makes it possible to include more recent information, topics and examples, keeping classes relevant to student interests.
- Great supplemental material With OERs, instructors are able to include information that may not be in the textbook as well as offer more interactive materials in their courses. This helps teachers reach a wider array of students and personalize their education which can lead to great student success.
- Flexibility OERs are customizable. They can be changed through user editing, feedback and adaptation. Because of this, resources can be improved and adapted versions can regularly be made available.
- Quality control OER materials should be chosen carefully. Since the materials do not go through the same rigorous editing and peer review as a textbook, it is important to review the information presented.
- Sustainability OER content creators do not receive compensation for their efforts. New, up-to-date content may not stay readily available.
- Language options There are limited OER choices outside of the English language.
- Internet reliance OERs require students to have access to technology to view the materials, an internet connection or have the means to print the materials which negates the benefits of the interactive materials.
- Usability OER content may be far less user friendly than a textbook if it has not been bound and printed. It also may not be ADA compliant."