Access

With OER, students have free access to their course materials from the first day of class. Students do not have to choose between access to course resources and food, rent, or transportation. Browse our catalogue of OER

Empowerment

OER empowers faculty to take control of their materials by adding localized content, interactive elements, and new material. The resources in our library are reviewed by peer educators, providing additional insight into the course selection process. Learn more about reviewing a textbook for our collection

Success

Students and educators benefit from the adoption, adaption, and creation of OER. Find out more about the ways Ontario Post-Secondary educators and learners are engaging with OER  Read Ontario OER success stories

Research about OER

Researchers around the world have been studying the impact of Open Education on teaching and learning. To browse a collection of scholarly articles, visit The Review Project by the Open Education Group.

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The price of textbooks has increased 88% in the past decade, outpacing the rate of inflation by nearly 300%. Many Ontario post-secondary institutions advise that students budget $1000 – $2000 per year for books and supplies.

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The high cost of textbooks has put students in the position of having to choose whether to prioritize textbooks over other expenses, such as food, rent, or transportation. 65% of students report having not purchased textbook due to cost.

93% of studentsperform as well or better using OER.

Students in a class using OER have access to resources from day one of their course. Studies show that 93% of students in a course using OER perform as well or better than students in a course using a commercial textbook and are less likely to drop or fail the course.