The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes"
(source: EDUCAUSE. May 27, 2010. 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources)
Learning before the 21st century was mostly about accessing and retaining theories, facts and figures; now it is mostly about applying theories, facts and figures in creative and critical ways to solve problems and advance society.
Increasingly, higher education is less about memorization and more about problem solving. In years gone by, access to facts and viewpoints often involved the purchase or acquisition of books. Huge personal libraries were assembled by the well-educated wealthy in prior centuries. Now we all have access to the immense electronic library that we call the internet.
By Ray Schroeder | April 21, 2021
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This video is surely a fun video about why open education is important:
View this video to get a sense of why some students are not purchasing their textbooks and how there are other valuable online resources to share with your students that are not copyrighted: