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Open Educational Resources

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Books4Languages offers Open Educational Resources (OERs) for teaching secondary languages, which allow people all over the world to have access to high-quality education.

Open Education Resources have potential to change the education scene, creating a new, modern way of teaching and learning, with personalised, tailor-made materials and approach.

Our 5R philosophy (retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute) and OERs (with Creative Commons Licenses) together will provide freedom to access, cutting edge courses that could drive down the cost of university-level education and potentially disrupt the existing models of higher education.

The growing number of open resources available to everybody will force the traditional educational institutions to lower their prices, which can also be done through cooperation with open resources providers, such as Books4Languages.

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The definitions for the various terms used to describe adoption statistics:

Faculty

The number of individual instructors who have adopted one or more open textbooks for one or more course sections. A faculty member is only counted once.

Adoption

Each adoption refers to a course section within a specific term and year for which an open textbook has replaced a primary textbook or educational resource that must be purchased.

Students

The total number of students in a course section within which an open textbook is used as the primary educational resource.

Savings

Savings include a range. The number at the lower end is calculated as follows: number of students (see “Students”) times $100 (This number was derived by OpenStax College based on a formula that takes into account used textbook purchases and rental costs as well as new textbook costs.) The number at the upper end is calculated as follows: number of students (see “Students”) times the actual cost of the textbook being replaced if purchased as hard copy and new.