Participating students: Michael Bounds, Brenna Dietrich, Rickkita Taylor, and Jeremis Windbush.
A documented need for educators to remove barriers to access and increase student success continues to push OER higher on the list of institutional priorities. The focus of many initiatives is on policy, course redesign, data collection and the economic sustainability of OER. This presentation shifts the focus to the other side of the desk - the students' perspective. This session will allow attendees the opportunity to hear about how removing traditional textbooks and replacing them with OER changes the student learning experience. Students will discuss the challenges and benefits of moving from a traditional textbook to OER in both online and face-to-face courses. The panel will also address how OER changed their classroom experiences and the personal impact of using OER. After sharing their unique experiences, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask the students questions.