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ERIC Number: ED535607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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Open Educational Resources: Tools to Help 21st Century Students Achieve Their Postsecondary Education Goals and Keep America Competitive
Center for American Progress
Open courseware and other open educational resources are beginning to draw the attention of higher education policymakers and other leaders. These web-based educational tools hold the promise of both reducing the cost of higher education and helping learners to complete their degrees by providing access to top quality course materials and instruction. By radically reducing the costs of course content, delivery of instruction, textbooks, and related materials these open resources can make college more affordable. Further, by enabling "learning-from-anywhere" for students who have work and family obligations, the same technologies provide expanded access to higher education for millions of nontraditional learners. This paper discusses the basics of open educational resources (OER) and highlights the advantages of OER for students/learners, such as reducing student costs, increasing entrepreneurial learning, improving online learning, and credentialing open learning. (Contains 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: United States