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OPEN FL: For Beginners

Guide for the open and affordable learning community of Florida, OPEN FL.

Why Open?

Open Education Resources clearly save students money on textbooks.  After years of use and research we know that open resources can provide so much more.  Students are just one body that benefits from their use, and we now know that faculty, staff, administrators, and institutions have all started to reap the rewards.  Over the decades we have found or gained with:

  • Affordability 
  • Accessibility 
  • Credibility 
  • Customizability
  • Discoverability 
  • Equability
  • Equality 
  • Flexibility 
  • Retentivity
  • Quality 

"OER degree pathway implementation can contribute to transformational institutional change...At many of colleges, adoption of OER is spreading beyond clear issues of student affordability to the less obvious issues of access, completion, reducing time to degree, decreasing debt, advancing equity, and rethinking pedagogy, setting into motion policy, funding and systems change at the institutional, state and federal level."

-Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream

"ZTC Brochure" by Kelsey Smith, West Hills College Lemoore, is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Starting Line

Why would an institution go open?

"From a college finance point of view, the grants have more than paid for themselves. We've found that one in five students in an OER-based course takes an extra class compared to students in non-OER sections. When students save money on books, they have more money or more time left over for another course."  "We've had two semesters of data now putting the number at between 0.61 and 0.69 credit hours per student."

Dave Braunschweig, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Harper College

Access for all

Access for all

Path to Potential

Path to Potential