One of the principles that undergirds the implementation of OER use on university campuses is the notion of equity. OER has important connections to DEI goals:
One of the determining factors for students' access to course materials is household income. At the University of Memphis, a significant portion of our undergraduate students are Pell Grant eligible, which indicates that, in most cases, their expected household contribution is insufficient to pay for the entire costs of their college education. The graph below illustrates how nearly half of our undergraduate students fall into this socioeconomic bracket. No-cost course material alternatives such as OER help keep education affordable to these students.
Original Source: Office of Institutional Research Student Data
In the video below, you can gather a basic understanding of the benefits and challenges of using OER to equalize access to excellent educational resources for all students. The video largely focuses on OER for public school districts, but the general themes are broadly applicable regarding the ways that institutions in higher education can improve their OER initiatives.
“Equity in Open Education” by Abbey Elder is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.