Why We’re Effective

For Faculty

Take charge of your curriculum

  • Seamlessly integrates into your current LMS

  • Access digital content and supplemental materials with ease
  • Complete customizable courses in more than 60 subjects

For Students

Track struggles and success

  • Eliminates expensive textbook costs
  • Easy access to course materials
  • Immediate feedback for learning improvement

For Learning

Make a Measurable Impact

  • Documented increases in passing and completion rates
  • Engineered learning design
  • Data-driven continuous improvements to course materials

Research

Students Save Thousands Using OER

Providing academic research to back up claims about cost savings attributed to open educational resources, this study documents the textbook cost to students before and after OER adoption at eight institutions in a variety [...]

OER Impacts Student Success Metrics

This extensive, multi-institution study provides evidence that students in OER courses perform as well as or better than students in courses using commercial textbooks with regard to withdrawal rates, passing with a C or better, [...]

Using OER Can Boost Tuition Revenue

At Virginia's Tidewater Community College (TCC), OER courses in TCC's "Z-Degree" program have lower withdrawal rates compared to those using commercial materials. Students in "Z-courses" also register for more credits than their counterparts who are [...]

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Success Stories

  • Two Cerritos College students, a young man and a young woman, sit on a low stone wall outside a gray classroom building. A third woman is passing by them on the sidewalk, carrying an artist's portfolio.

Cerritos College

The Business Administration Department at Cerritos College began turning to open educational resources because faculty members saw many students struggling when they could not afford to buy expensive textbooks. After OER led to demonstrable improvement in [...]

Salt Lake Community College

    At Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), students in classes that use Lumen-supported OER course materials have higher passing rates, more A’s and fewer failing grades than classes that use expensive commercial publisher materials. [...]

Tidewater Community College

  In 2013, Tidewater Community College, located in coastal Virginia, became the first accredited institution in the U.S. to offer a degree in which students pay nothing for required textbooks. Dubbed the “Z-Degree” (for zero textbook [...]

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Tools

Calculate Impact

OER Adoption Impact Calculator

Find out how much you can save for your students… and your college.

Craft Policy

OER Policy Development Tool

Combine proven policies to develop a unique approach to your OER Initiative.