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Zach Malcarne, OER Research Assistant at Utah State University, describes the USU OER Initiative, a joint project between the university's Digital Initiative and the University Library. The goals of the OER Initiative are not just to improve the economics of learning resources, but to improve the quality of the entire educational experience, as well. This is an inspirational story by a student who is directly benefiting from his school's incorporation of OER.



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Barbara Illowsky, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at DeAnza College and Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the Foothill-DeAnza College District Online Education Initiative, discusses what led to the creation of "Introductory Statistics," a pioneering and enormously successful open textbook. This book is used in hundreds of colleges around the world and has saved thousands of students many millions of dollars.



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Professor Donna Slaughter, Math Department chair at Scottsdale Community College, relates how the entire Math faculty came together to create their own open-licensed teaching materials. Through ten semesters of use, these materials have benefited 20,000 students, saving them a combined two million dollars.



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Professor Daniel Morgan, Professor of Sociology, talks about how easy it is to use open textbooks, and the economic benefit to his students.



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Professor David Marans, Professor of Logic at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, writes why he decided to open-license three of his own textbooks, benefiting thousands of students.



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Professor Erik Christensen, Dean of Applied Sciences and Technology at South Florida State College, was an early adopter of open textbooks. In this video, he discusses his experience, highlighting both the successes and challenges of using open textbooks.