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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