OER: Making Education Affordable

Open Educational Resources combined with empowered teaching and confident learning can lower student costs and elevate performance. But with millions of OER to choose from, how do we make sure these resources are selected and used effectively? 

Simple. Combine OER with powerful technology.

OER is evolving

OER is Evolving

1 in 5 students skip/defer a class due to cost.

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OER and the Online Learner

As Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives become more and more prevalent in online programs, quality and accessibility remain top of mind for an inclusive, engaging teaching and learning experience. 

This webinar highlights resources available to keep OER front and center in digital learning environments and features leading OER practitioners and subject matter experts including: Dr. Barbara Illowsky, OER & Innovation Fellow, The Michelson 20MM Foundation, Dr. Jeff Seaman, Director at Babson Survey Research Group, and Lisa Heller Boragine, Professor at Cape Cod Community College.

The OER Moment

The OER Moment

1 in 5 college students has skipped or deferred a class due to cost of course materials. Luckily, the world of OER is propelling affordable options for institutions and subsequently their students. However, learners and instructors alike want more than PDF content; they want a blended, personalized experience.

In partnership with Inside Higher Ed, this publication explores how institutions are going beyond OER, while still achieving affordability. With the right combination of open resources, technology and learning design expertise, the OER Moment is NOW.

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Journey to OER: Panel Discussion

Hear our panel discuss how they’re implementing Open Education Resources within their different roles across Higher Education, including Professor, Dean, Library Researcher, Vice President of Content Strategy and Chief Academic Affairs Officer.

Stay up to date with the most recent information about OER in Higher Education—and come back for more!

Journey to OER Podcast Series

Throughout this series, we chatted with instructors about their personal journeys with Open Educational Resources. From these podcasts, you’ll come out with a great sense of how they learned about OER, what it took to build an OER course and how it’s impacted their students – and more!

Bringing Value to OER

The rise of OER and digital learning tools, paired together, can create powerful and
affordable options for students and instructors. Cengage adds value to OER by complementing it with:

Curated content

Instructor resources


Proven technology


 If you are interested in OER, also explore these options:


OpenNow provides an affordable option for accessing high-quality OER content in an easy-to-use, ADA-compliant, digital platform. Complete with CC-BY narrative and assessment content aligned to learning objectives, OpenNow drives student success from the very first day of class.



CNOWv2 Cengage and OpenStax are partnering to offer high-quality products focused on student success and real-world experience. Every CNOWv2 course features a complete digital textbook, algorithmic homework and problem walk-through videos. The combination of pre-class activities, practice opportunities and innovative tools in CNOWv2, motivates learners and enhances their ownership and understanding of challenging course concepts.



WebAssign is an online instructional solution for mathematics, statistics, physics and chemistry. Through our partnership with OpenStax, WebAssign supports free peer-reviewed, high-quality academic content across multiple disciplines. Each OpenStax course features a complete digital textbook, a bank of text-specific questions, additional open education resources and the ability for instructors to create and add their own content.


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Beginning in January 2019, we're excited to include the addition of our suite of technology-enhanced OER courses, OpenNow, to Cengage Unlimited subscriptions. Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind digital subscription offering students all-you-can-learn access to course materials—for one affordable price—regardless of course load, ensuring students have their materials on day one. Students can access our entire library of over 20,000 digital learning assets across 675 courses, including ebooks, digital learning platforms and study tools.

With WebAssign and OpenNow included in Cengage Unlimited, we’re breaking the mold to provide faculty and students with choices that remove obstacles.

Collaborating Partners

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Cengage is an OpenStax Partner. We join OpenStax in the mission to improve access to affordable educational materials by providing additional resources for OpenStax books. OpenStax is committed to providing free, peer-reviewed textbook content and offering multiple options for faculty who need additional resources for their course.


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