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Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are in the public domain or that have been introduced with an open license. An open license means that anyone can use, copy and re-share the materials.
OER materials can be found in the form of full courses, course materials, textbooks, curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, tests, assignments, videos or audio (UNESCO)
Business faculty at SFSU discuss Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) initiatives.
Open Educational Resources have been shown to increase student learning while breaking down barriers of affordability and accessibility. In general, researchers have found that students in courses that used OER more frequently had better grades and lower failure and withdrawal rates than their counterparts in courses that did not use OER.