TO THE EDITOR:
Students at UNC Chapel Hill are busy starting classes and purchasing yet another stack of expensive textbooks.
Many students and faculty alike are under informed or unaware of Open Educational Resources (OERs), a fairly new way of writing and personalizing textbook material online, that can help reduce the cost of higher education and help the people of North Carolina access quality education.
OERs have been gradually making their way into the academic world for the last decade or so and many institutions have been able to save students tons of money each year.
Erik Christianson, Physics professor at South Florida State College, was able to save his students $500,000 over a two year period and asserts that one of his favorite things about OERs is that it is making more students enroll in his courses and he says that they are “efficient and cost effective.”