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Benefits and Challenges

Benefits of OER Adoption

• Fosters pedagogical innovation that avoids teaching from the textbook
• Broadens use of alternatives to textbooks while maintaining instructional quality
• Lowers costs of course materials for students
• Provides opportunities to share and remix learning materials for localized needs
• Allows for continual improvement and rapid development based on feedback

Challenges of OER Adoption

• Quality of available OER materials inconsistent
• Materials may not meet Section 508 ADA accessibility or SCORM requirements
• No common standard for review of OER accuracy and quality
• Need to check accuracy of content
• Materials may need customization to meet departmental and/or college curriculum requirements
• Technical requirements to access OER vary
• Technological determinism created by OER delivery tools

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