"College students consider buying course materials to be their top source of financial stress after tuition, and the lack of access and affordability of materials has a negative impact on their learning and performance..." - Today's Learner: Student Views 2018
"Over the past decade, the price of textbooks has risen more than four times the rate of inflation. While students can save money with some digital materials and the used books market, publishers have found ways to charge high prices. Many professors using publisher materials require students to purchase more restrictive and costly products such as access codes, which hide homework and quizzes behind an online paywall. As a result, the average student budgets over $1,200 on textbooks and supplies each year, according to the College Board." - Open 101: An Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks
Locating open educational resources can be difficult. Start with the Mason OER Metafinder or OASIS as both search open access items that are available across the web and include more than textbooks.
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