In their Winter 2022 issue, the AAC&U publication, Liberal Education, published a very helpful infographic / overview of the latest research into the impact of OER. They summarize,
"All types of higher education institutions should consider OER as a quality, equity, and affordability strategy as they seek to bolster their student success efforts. Effective OER initiatives do not need to be massive, resource-intensive, or exhaustive. They do, however, require strategic planning, targeted approaches, collaborative leadership, and goal-oriented advocates."
In this video, EKU Faculty members reflect on their experiences using OERs in the classroom.
The terms "open content" or "open educational resources" or "OERs" describe any copyrightable work that is either
OER typically excludes software, which is described by other terms like "open source" or journals articles that are referred to as "open access")
What is the difference between OA and OER?
Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) are closely related. Both are freely available with no paywalls and are often found in Institutional Repositories, such as EKU's Encompass Digital Archive.
Did you know that a 2016 study of students showed that 67% of them had opted out of buying (or renting) a required textbook because of the price? 
Did you know that faculty who have adopted open resources in their classes have seen similar or better student outcomes than print textbooks?