Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Discipline of Mathematics (July 2018)

This essay first appeared in the July 2018 issue of Choice (volume 55 | issue 11).


Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources that are published using an open license and freely available to all for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. While the financial benefits to students are clear, recent research also shows that the use of OER and other open pedagogies in the classroom leads to greater student success. The OER movement in education, though still relatively young, has experienced rapid growth. Several philanthropic organizations, universities, and faculty have begun to develop open materials, while an increasing number of schools and instructors are adopting them. The discipline of mathematics has particularly benefited from the …

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About the author:

Andrew Misseldine is a professor of mathematics at Southern Utah University. Andrew’s mathematical background and research interests are in abstract algebra, especially group theory, representation theory, and algebraic combinatorics. His educational research interests include OER and other open pedagogies. Andrew holds a PhD in mathematics from Brigham Young University.