Higher education can now tap into an explosion of educational resources that are free to view, download and modify. That's disruptive to commercial textbooks, media and assessments.
While a good OER textbook might undercut the demand for a commercially published textbook on the same subject, that doesn't mean there is no place for commercial resources in the OER world. For example, the download page for the OpenStax College Physics textbook also points students and their professors to commercially produced interactive study materials from Sapling Learning
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Sapling Learning CEO James Caras said his firm can also play something like the role that Red Hat does for Linux, the open source operating system, by providing a sales force to advocate for quality OER resources and helping educators bundle them into a usable curriculum.
In Fall 2013, a traditional publisher, Wiley, will pilot an introductory biology curriculum bundling an OpenStax textbook with Wiley's interactive learning tools.
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