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Student Information

What is OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

Why use OER?

The cost of textbooks has risen 73% since 2006, four times the rise of inflation. Textbooks are becoming more and more expensive, making it difficult for students to be able to pay for school. This report by Student Public Interest Research Groups discusses the rapid rise of textbook prices and its effects on students across the country.

OER are also useful because the materials are available on the first day of class and can be kept after class ends. 

How Can OER Help USU Students?

  • In a study conducted by Utah State University, 74% of USU students said they pay for textbooks with their own money, with the average cost per semester for all textbooks that semester ranging from $200-$600.

  • 85% of USU students reported that they have delayed purchasing a textbook for a class. Of those that delayed purchasing textbooks, 58% said their grade was negatively impacted due to the delay.

What Can You Do?

Take a class that uses OER. A list of classes currently using OER can be found on the OER@USU page.

Join or form a student body organization to advocate for textbook affordability solutions.

Ask professors if they know about or would be willing to use Open Educational Resources.

Provide suggestions. If you have an idea about how to increase OER use at USU contact us with your suggestions.

If you would like some quick tips and recommendations for how to access and use OER, check out the OER Student User Quick Guide. For a more in-depth guide to OER, refer to the Student Guide to Open Educational Resources.

Contact Us

Need help searching for OER? Contact the OER Support Team!

Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson 
OER Program Assistant 
115 Merrill-Cazier Library 



Kori Ellis
OER Program Coordinator 
115 Merrill-Cazier Library

Erin Davis

Erin Davis
Regional Campuses &
E-Learning Librarian  
115 Merrill-Cazier Library
(435) 797-2075


Kaite Hogan
OER Program Assistant 
115 Merrill-Cazier Library