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Open Educational Resources/Affordable Educational Resources Course Marking Mandate: How are OER and AER defined?

OER: A resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person.

  • All required curricular resources, including textbooks and other instructional materials such as workbooks, lab manuals, and online homework platforms must be openly licensed.

  • Students will have zero costs for course materials.

AER: A single or collection of required resource(s) offered at no or low cost to students at a pre-sales tax cost not to exceed an amount equal to four times the federal minimum wage (i.e., no more than $29 with a $7.25 federal minimum wage).

• The total cost of all required textbooks and other required instructional materials will remain affordable as defined in Act 125.

• Library ebooks that are free to students but not open access are included in this designation.

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