We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.
Probably none of us have gone through high school or college without some relationship to that 20th century artifact of learning called the textbook. Today's students are not experiencing the same thing.
American students' lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. While debate over the building of the Islamic Cultural Center has made headlines, the majority of college-bound seniors cannot find Iraq or Israel on a map.
For people who can't afford educational materials, Open Educational Resources let them better use their limited resources. And for those who learn differently, there's the chance to see a topic in a completely different way.
Long time OER champion Dr. Catherine Casserly was just elected yesterday to the Board of Directors of Creative Commons to help provide further direction for the Open Education Resources movement worldwide.