Fast Facts for Students

Caption: UBC students feel financial pressure of textbook costs
  • angry when you buy expensive textbooks only for your professors to assign a few chapters?
  • disappointed that the hard work you put into your courses is seen once by your professors, then never seen by anyone again?

Open educational resources (OERs) and open teaching and learning practices are part of the solution to these problems. OERs are any resources used for teaching and learning that are free for anyone to access, edit, and redistribute, unlike regular textbooks which are under heavy copyright restrictions. OERs are free, can be edited and combined to better fit a course, and can even be edited by students. Open practices include students publishing their work in open journals and on their own blogs.

Some examples of what happens when OERs and other open educational practices are adopted at UBC:

If you want to learn more and get involved in the open movement yourself, visit our Learn page.