According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook costs have risen 88% from 2006-2016, while prices for other consumer goods have only grown by 21%. This massive hike in textbook prices has created problems for middle and lower class students, who have been unable to buy textbooks for their courses, causing some students to drop fields of study altogether.
OER Can Help...
To ensure that users are able to remix and reuse OER, Creative Commons licenses are often used to communicate the rights which creators would like to retain. Creative Commons licenses give others a variety of permissions upfront, making a faster and more transparent process. Adding CC licenses to your work can help ensure that your work is shared or reused as you see fit. For example, some creators may wish to share their work, but not to allow users to "Remix," or alter them.
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