Department of Writing Instructor Sara Rufner was recently highlighted for her experience creating zero cost course materials for her courses.
One of the benefits of using OER is seemingly infinite flexibility with the curriculum. Last summer I created a textbook using the Pressbooks platform. Pressbooks is a simple online book publishing tool. It requires no coding or fancy computer skills. Since I hit “publish” on the Pressbook in August 2020, I’ve been able to make quick updates to the book as needed. Just this week I updated the APA Style Guide section with some new links. It took me less than 5 minutes to do so. Gone are the days of feeling guilty about using only half of an expensive textbook, or feeling weary of covering the same. material. every. semester. OER’s flexibility has made me a more nimble teacher, responsive to my students, my field of work, and the world in which we live.Sara Rufner