Mid Michigan College has expanded the availability of open educational resources (OER) to students even further. These resources can be used by students at no cost—an important factor to many Mid students.

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning defines OER as textbooks, classroom modules, lesson plans, video content, and other media that are freely accessible, openly licensed, and adaptable for instructional use.

“Mid’s goal was to reduce the cost of textbooks for students, and OER provided a framework for us to achieve that,” noted Marisa Enos, Instructional Designer of online classes at Mid.

The OER effort began at Mid in 2016, and was championed by several faculty members. OER coordination at Mid is now currently housed in the Online Learning Department of the Academic Affairs Division.

Winter 2019 saw 120 course sections utilizing OER which resulted in 2,246 students saving a total of $224,600.

OER efforts at Mid have saved students over $786,000 in textbook costs since they began. OER is now active in math, speech, English, Spanish, psychology, physics, astronomy, sociology and many other courses.

"OER is free to students, allowing them to focus on what is most important—their education. Students really appreciate that we understand the importance of keeping costs down. They can spend the money they would use for textbooks on more important things," explained Enos.

For more information about Mid’s OER efforts, contact Marisa Enos at menos@midmich.edu or (989) 317-4601.

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