Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning and research resources that can be freely retained, reused, revised, remixed and redistributed.

OERs have saved more than 58,000 UGA students approximately $5.6 million in textbook costs since fall 2013.

“The reading materials for this course were AMAZING.  I’m not just saying that because I didn’t have to pay for a textbook (although that was nice) but because I could be certain what I was reading was both relevant and the best source of information for the topic we were discussing. I was extremely grateful for this form of reading.” - EDUC 2120 student, Spring 2015

 

hands holding an ipad"Open educational resources” (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open copyright license that permits everyone to freely retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them. OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, journal articles, and any other tools or materials used to support learning. 

The University of Georgia is actively engaging in the promotion and adoption of OERs by providing faculty members, especially those who teach large enrollment courses with resources and assistance to transition away from expensive textbooks to open education resources.

Courses Using OERs at UGA

In response to the challenges students face due to the collective costs of attending college, the CTL and other groups on campus have been working to reduce textbook costs for students. Many large, core courses have been involved in this adoption to significant cost savings since 2013. These implementations have been supported by CTL Learning Technologies Grants, external funding from the University System of Georgia’s Affordable Learning Georgia, a CTL partnership with Rice University resulting in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Grant, and UGA Provost’s Affordable Course Materials Grants.

"The instructor realizes that not everybody can afford a textbook, so she is giving everybody an equal opportunity to succeed." - HIST 2111 student, Fall 2014

Cost Savings Since 2013 Due to OER Adoption


Course

Term

Number of Students

Cost Savings
ASTR 1010 2018 - 2019 327 $68,670
BIOL 1103/1104* 2013 - 2014 2,030 $200,000
  2014 - 2015 2,030 $200,000
  2015 - 2016 2,030 $200,000
  2016 - 2017 1,150 $112,700
  2017 - 2018 1936 $176,100
  2018 - 2019 1900 $151,336
BIOL 1107* 2015 - 2016 450 $112,500
  2016 - 2017 1,020 $255,000
  2017 - 2018 1958 $446,800
  2018 - 2019 3771 $226,260
BIOL 1108     Spring 2018 753 $188,250
  2018 - 2019 2001 $500,250
BIOE 3720 Fall 2019 42 $4,158
CBIO 2200/2210 2015 - 2016 710 $175,000
  2016 - 2017 730 $179,580
CBIO 2200(L)/2210(L) 2015 - 2016 710 $187,000
  2016 - 2017 730 $191,990
CHEM 1211/1212 Summer 2018 320 $38,400
  2019 - 2020 4270 $512,400
CSCI 1302 Fall 2019 245 $40,915
EDUC 2120** 2014 - 2015 100 $15,000
  2015 - 2016 120 $18,000
  Fall 2016 90 $14,850
EDUC 2110** 2015 - 2016 120 $12,000
  Fall 2016 120 $9,000
  Fall 2017 60 $4,500
HIST 2111/2112* 2014 - 2015 1,030 $70,000
  2015 - 2016 1,030 $70,000
  2017 - 2018 1,701 $116,880
  Summer 2018 200 $20,800
  Fall 2018 1,100 $86,800
HORT/ANTH/PBIO 3440E Summer 2019 117 $10,764
MATH 2250 Fall 2019 912 $173,280
NMIX 2020 Fall 2018 250 $10,000
NMIX 4110 Fall 2018 120 $4,800
PEDB 1000(+)* 2014 - 2015 4,500 $135,000
  2015 - 2016 4,500 $135,000
  2016 - 2017 4,500 $135,000
  2017 - 2018 6,714 $211,485
  2018 - 2019 6,762 $376,315
PSYC 1101* 2015 - 2016 900 $210,000
  Fall 2016 300 $46,320
  2017 - 2018 550 $84,920
  Fall 2018 600 $92,640
SOCI 1101* 2015 - 2016 150 $17,250
  2016 - 2017 470 $47,000
  Fall 2017 110 $22,000
  Summer 2018 22 $2,200
  2018 - 2019 95 $9,500
THEA 2000** 2015 - 2016 146 $24,820
  2016 - 2017 93 $7,440
THEA 3290/ENGL 3650** Fall 2016 30 $2,400
    Total = 67,254 Total = $6,385,288

*Core courses included in Areas A – E of the General Education Core Curriculum

**Area F Core Courses for students in the College of Education

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