Open Educational Resources Save Ohio University Students $1 Million in Textbooks This Year

65% of students decided not to buy a textbook because it was too expensive, even though they expected it to diminish their grade.

Reported by Education Dive, while textbook costs continue to create a financial burden for higher ed students, Ohio University’s campaign for their faculty’s adoption of Open Educational Resources is expected to save its students $1 million in textbook fees this year alone.

And with the recent University of Georgia study finding correlative course grade improvements when students have access to OER, there appears to be a whole lot of low-hanging fruit in the promise of OER.

The takeaway? If our faculty can find OER course materials they’re excited to teach from, it looks like it might be a win-win scenario for both the students’ academic achievements and their economic bottom line. So let’s insist our faculty at least take a good look.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.