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Open Educational Resources

Are textbooks overwhelming you? Are prices too high? Are you pursuing an Associate in Arts degree to transfer to a four-year college? Well, you might need the “R” Factor!

The “R” Factor is an initiative to lighten the load of textbook costs for students. Register for an “R” section for a reduced-cost option for course material instead of purchasing a high-priced textbook. All “R” sections are part of an opportunity to receive an Associate in Arts degree while paying for low-cost course material. Read more about this initiative by visiting

What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials created and released for free under an open content license for easy reuse and redistribution. Current examples of OERs at Forsyth Tech include: textbooks, assignments, webinars and lectures, and other teaching materials like PowerPoints, instructor lectures and even full courses.

OER course materials are available at a reduced cost. To register for an OER course as part of this pathway, search for sections that include an “R.” To confirm if the course is part of the OER pathway, contact the Student Success Center at 336.734.7156.
Forsyth Tech is affordable. How affordable? The cost of tuition for one year at Forsyth Tech is much less than the average cost of one year at a public or private university. If you are planning to attend a four-year college, the graph below shows how going to Forsyth Tech for the first two years and earning an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) College Transfer degree can save you thousands of dollars in tuition. Forsyth Tech offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree pathway with courses that utilize open educational resources (OER) in lieu of textbooks.

Choose the “R” Section During Registration

For questions about “R” sections, please contact the Center for Transformative Learning (CTL). You can reach us at 336.734.7640. Please note that “R” sections require students to have access to the Internet in order to use Blackboard or Odigia.