Exploring Affordable Course Materials

Higher education is expensive.  Faculty have little influence over tuition and fees, but one cost we can control is the textbooks and other course materials we adopt for our courses.  To the left are some frequently asked questions about affordable course materials.

OER Poster: OER is sharing

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OpenUMW is a group of stakeholders at UMW who are interesting in exploring and promoting Open at UMW.  Open includes both Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access (OA) course materials.  There are several reasons to support open.  The first is affordability.  OER and OA are free; low cost course materials also have a role to play here.  The second reason is to improve teaching and learning.