Textbook costs have soared more than 800% since 1978, at more than four times the inflation rate. Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time in 2010. One study showed that 65% of students don’t buy textbooks due to the cost; other studies have recorded even higher percentages.
A growing solution to this problem of spiraling textbook costs is Open Educational Resources (OER): high-quality, openly-licensed educational materials available online. This guide has been developed to support LCCC faculty interested in developing open access textbooks or incorporating OERs into their course materials.
To learn more about the history and philosophy of OER and the issues surrounding the adoption of OER, review these resources: