By Michelson 20MM Foundation (Originally published on 20mm.org)
Open educational resources (OER) are building momentum on college campuses across the country. Knowing that 65% of students reported skipping buying a textbook due to cost, OER can be the difference between accessing the materials needed to learn and attempting to pass without them.
These freely accessible learning materials play a crucial role in democratizing knowledge and expanding educational opportunities. Due to their open copyright license, OER eliminates financial barriers and enables students–regardless of income level–to access quality educational content. By fostering a culture of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and responsive learning modalities, OER empowers educators to tailor their teaching materials based on the needs of their students.
For over a decade, the Michelson 20MM Foundation has been committed to promoting programs and policies that advance the proliferation and adoption of OER. This year, the 2023 Spark Grants OER Funding Cycle called upon organizations whose work aligns with the below focus areas to submit applications for up to $25,000 in funding. Read more about the 2023 Spark Grantees.
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