Top 5 Myths
There are a number of commonly held misconceptions regarding Open Educational
Resources. These five come up again and again in discussions about adopting OER.
Take a look at the resources listed in our
Bibliography to learn more.
- You get what you pay for. Truth: textbook publishers do not
hold a monopoly on high quality content, much of which has already been "paid
for" through research funding.
- It takes too much time and effort to select and implement
OER. Truth: more and more openly peer-reviewed, plug-and-play resources
are becoming available, which can include exercises, quizzes, and even
accompanying PPT presentations, just like a traditional textbook with a CD
tucked in the back.
- No one will work for free. Truth: open publishing
frequently increases the visibility and reach of an author's work, paying off in
ways other than royalty checks. Plus, Creative Commons licenses frequently
afford an author more control over their work than a restrictive agreement with
a traditional publishers.
- Students expect traditional textbooks. Truth: More students
register for sections that do not require an expensive textbook than those that
require the purchase of a $250 book.
- The OER model is not sustainable. Truth: Many business
models, including "freemium" offers, are being explored and expanded as the
demand for OER grows.