Open Educational Resources (OER)
SET EDUCATION FREE: USE OER
Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an extraordinary opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge.
OER Faculty Champions
We would like to give thanks to those professors who have gone the extra mile in advancing the OER program at Utah State University.
These OER Champions have been selected for their economic, advocacy, or innovative impact at USU.
Jennifer Burbank's Biology 1010 course has had the greatest financial impact of any OER course at USU, saving students over $120,000 in the past two years. For Jennifer, the biggest benefits of OER are accessibility and affordability. She also teaches Concurrent Enrollment Biology 1010 and remarked that OER is extremely helpful for high school students in rural areas who can't afford or readily access a traditional textbook. Jennifer Burbank’s courses have helped Utah State University students keep their education affordable and accessible.
"I like OER because it's a great supplemental resource and great for students. It's accessible and economical for a Gen Ed course."
Melanie Chambers played a key role in standardizing an OER textbook across all USU 1730 courses and continues to advocate for OER in her department. She loves that students have immediate access to the book, especially since her course is only seven weeks long. Chambers believes that OER helps prepare incoming freshmen to use online materials in future courses and helps students find out what study methods work for them. Melanie is a top advocate for OER at Utah State University.
"I've loved the flexibility of OER. Flexible for students to study with and for our faculty to innovate and possibly adapt."
Dr. Carla Endres has taken important steps in innovative teaching by integrating OER seamlessly into her Canvas courses and by using OER to further students’ education in creative ways. Many of her non-traditional students benefit from the money saved by using a free textbook and have shown appreciation for her using OER. Dr. Endres likes the fact that OER is progressive and can be updated continuously to remain current and correct. She is a member of the Affordable Learning Resources Committee, representing faculty from USU’s Statewide Campuses in an effort to help the OER initiative spread to all Utah State University students, regardless of their location. Dr. Carla Endres has shown great passion for OER and has used it to effectively innovate her teaching methods.
"I like leveling the playing field and making it affordable for everyone."