Pedagogy and Professional Development

Adopting Open Educational Resources in a Fashion Merchandising Curriculum

  • Jung-ha "Jennifer" Yang (Marymount University)
  • Bernadette Mirro (Marymount University)


Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as 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. A considerable challenge when teaching a course related to the business of fashion is that the content and examples provided in a textbook are often not current with the industry trends due to the timeline of traditional textbook publishing. As instructors, we need course content to be flexible and responsive often to the fashion business headlines of the day. This responsiveness is one of the many benefits of OERs which leads to easy adaptability. In addition to this particular need, there is a general atmosphere of colleges increasing the adoption rate of OER, as one of the critical tools to decrease the rate of escalating cost of college education. There is a lack of research related to adoption of OER in the fashion merchandising area. The purpose of this research is to examine the effectiveness of adopting Open Education Resources in fashion merchandising curriculum.

Keywords: OER, Pedagogy

How to Cite:

Yang, J. & Mirro, B., (2022) “Adopting Open Educational Resources in a Fashion Merchandising Curriculum”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed