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Affordable Education


Welcome to the Wabash College Affordable Education guide. This guide was developed to help promote ideas, tools, and partnerships that can help lower the cost of higher education for students attending Wabash.

We are fortunate to be members of PALSave, the PALNI (Private Academic Libraries of Indiana) Affordable Education Initiative.

Please contact Beth Daniel Lindsay, Research and Instruction Librarian, with your questions about affordable learning.

Affordable Education vs. Open Education Resources

What is the difference between AE and OER? Affordable Education includes any resource that can reduce the cost to the student, but may not be an Open Education resource. What's the difference? 

Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for every one to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

Affordable Education materials can include OER, but also supplemental resources, library resources, and many others!

More OER Information

Get In the Know!!

Want to learn more about the PALSave initiative? Make sure to check out the PALSave website or email the PALSave Team at to learn more about who we are and what we are doing. Want to stay in the know? Subscribe to updates

PALSave team

The PALSave System Leaders are:

Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director for PALNI

Erin Milanese, Head of Learning Technologies for Goshen College
Heather Myers, Public Services Librarian for Anderson University
Jennifer Raye, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Butler University
Dr. Tim Ziebarth, Executive Dean, The School of Professional and Online Education for Grace College and Seminar


Modified and adapted by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiative Taskforce and further adapted by Beth Daniel Lindsay. 

Lilly Library is a founding member of PALNI, ALI, and The Oberlin Group

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