Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching materials which include textbooks, images, videos and worksheets. Materials can be revised, remixed, added to, translated and shared. OERs are openly licensed, which allows them:
OERs are also discussed in the literature as Affordable Instructional Materials or Affordable Learning Sources (AL$), as they reduce reliance on commercial textbooks, and provide inclusive access to course materials.
OERs give academics the ability to customise course materials, creating bespoke textbooks and unit resources, that can be updated in real time.
Researchers have found that students in courses that use OERs have better grades and lower failure and withdrawal rates than their counterparts in courses that do not use OERs.
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The Murdoch University Library's Read and Publish Agreements run from January to December each year.
If all goes well the library will renew the agreement with the publisher for another 12 months.
The only reason the library wouldn’t renew is if there was significant price increase (over 15% increase over the current price) or if the publisher decides not to offer it again in the following year.
Some of the agreements have capped amount of articles that can be published each year.
The CAUL guides give more information on which agreements are capped.
Murdoch University Library currently has agreements with: