What is the difference between Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) and Open Educational Resources (OER)?
To the end user, they are the same; to the professor, AIM provides more options.
Affordable Instructional Materials are teaching, learning, and research resources that are either in the public domain, have a license that allows them to be used for free, or are items paid for by your library. AIM includes OER items. An example of AIM is a book purchased by your library that you put on reserve for students to use.
Open Educational Materials are resources for teaching, learning, and research that are free and openly licensed. These may be in the public domain. Sometimes the user has to pay for a print copy, but otherwise they can be used at no cost. An example of OER is the textbook Principles of Microeconomics from OpenStax
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the links to the right.
Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018, report from Babson Survey Research Group (2019)
Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems from The Chronicle of Higher Education (9 Jan. 2019).
Public Domain Day, 2019 from Duke Center for t he Study of Public Domain (1 Jan. 2019)
The Student Loan Dept Crisis Is About to Get Worse from Bloomberg (17 Oct. 2018).
One Way to Help Students Become Knowledge Creators from The Chronicle of Higher Education (11 Oct. 2018).
LibreTexts Awarded $5M Federal OER Grant from LibreTexts at UC Davis (3 Oct. 2018).
Congress Renews $5 Million Open Textbook Pilot for Second Year from SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (26 Sept., 2018).
New Access Deals for Textbooks: Working with Publishers Can Benefit Students, but Give Faculty a Say (A Case Study) from The Chronicle of Higher Education (20 Sept. 2018).
The Next Financial Calamity Is Coming. Here’s What to Watch from The New York Times (12 Sept. 2018).
The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined from The New York Times (25 Aug. 2018).
Hope and Worry, by the Numbers from The Chronicle of Higher Education (20 Aug. 2018).
According to the 2015 National Student Financial Wellness Study at Ohio State University, 3% of the 4.8% of book funding is paid by credit cards.
National Student Financial Wellness Study, Ohio State University, 2015. cssl.osu.edu/posts/documents/nsfws-key-findings-report.pdf
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