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Open Education Resources (OER) Saves Bay Path Students $$$

One of the overarching questions of Vision 2019 has been to address the cost of a college education. For many of our students, traditional and adult, the cost of books and materials can be challenging. In fact, it is often identified as one of the barriers for our students in continuing their education. Now, with the rise of the Internet and other platforms, Open Education Resources (OER) have become a viable alternative in the learning space. OER are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others. By adopting OER, the savings realized for Bay Path students has been enormous and has been estimated to be over $200,000 just for the 2017-2018 academic year alone.