The current state of scholarship in higher education is extremely problematic. Scholarly publishing takes a lot of time, with peer-review, editing, evaluation, and copyright pitfalls to consider. Institutional and/or author merit could affect what should be an objective selection process for publication. Publishing companies are taking advantage of the work of researchers and educators, charging exorbitant prices for textbooks and article access that students and faculty need for class, instruction, and research.
The Open Access Movement directly addresses the access challenges that currently exist in a closed scholarship environment by removing publishers from the decision-making process.
This solidifies direct roads of communication between researchers, students and all members of society who are interested in developing their own knowledge and education.
Adopting OA practices is a step towards inclusivity.
Creating, using, and sharing Open Educational resources directly affects faculty and students. Students are worried about the cost of their course materials, and with no autonomy in deciding what materials are required for their courses, they are at the mercy of publishers. Students have had to make tough decisions when choosing between buying a textbook and buying food.
By adopting free to low-cost OER materials, students no longer have to make these hard decisions. OER materials are freely available on the open internet, and can be accessed on the first day of class (or even earlier).
Publishing OERs also has the potential of increasing the scholarly impact of faculty, creating research that can be easily accessed by other faculty around the world. OER publication opens a world of opportunities, connecting faculty across great distance for innovative partnerships as they build cutting-edge pedagogies in higher education and beyond.