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Faculty adopt open education resources to help save students money

Students and professors can get information from the help desk on the first floor of West Library. (Hannah Parker)

Collections Management Librarian Arielle Vaverka and West Library Director Elizabeth Howard have been working to convince faculty to use textbooks and resources that are open educational resources. 

These resources are free for faculty and students to use. 

“Open education resources are basically any resources that don’t have a pay wall, that can be used for education,” Vaverka said. “There’s a movement to make things more accessible to people.” 

There are already faculty members using open educational resources, including the history, mass communication, psychology and chemistry departments.  

Textbooks in Martin University Center are available to be purchased or rented for classes. (Hannah Parker)

“We know faculty are interested in wanting to help students and make their courses more accessible,” Howard said. 

“We’ve been trying to get movement on campus for a while to do this project, and there’s been some success,” Howard said. 

“I think open resources would be a great idea,” first-year sociology major Mariah Perez said. “I know many classmates who have yet to buy their textbook because they have to pay for it. School is already expensive enough, so it would definitely help us as students out.” 

To learn more about open educational resources, please reach out to Howard at [email protected], or Vaverka at [email protected] 

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Hannah Parker, Managing Editor
Hannah Parker is from Arlington, Texas and joined The Rambler in 2023. She is a first generation college student and as Managing Editor, she is excited to help her team and get into the flow of things each semester. Hannah loves listening to music and writing until her hands hurt. She is looking forward to getting to write stories for the Wesleyan community and giving students an opportunity to read about what happens on campus.

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