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That Awkward Moment

An OER question.

March 24, 2015

Yesterday a student asked a question so good that I didn’t have an answer.

I’m hoping my wise and worldly readers will have a suggestion for a good response.

We were talking about the implications of more classes moving to OER.  Most of the implications are positive: less debt for students, everyone has the textbook on day one of class, and the like.  

Then the student asked the stumper:

Wouldn’t the last group of students who bought regular textbooks be marooned, since they couldn’t re-sell the books after the switch to OER?

I didn’t have an answer for that.  

Is there a better answer for that than “such is the price of progress?”  


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