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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?

Did you know that the cost of textbooks has risen 73% since 2006? That is 4 times the rise of inflation. Textbooks are becoming more and more expensive and making it difficult for students to be able to pay for school. Visit Student PIRGs website to learn more. 

How about a little closer to home?

  • In a study conducted by Utah State University they found that 74% of USU students 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 and 58% of of those said their grade was negatively impacted by delaying purchasing the textbook.

What Can You Do?

Take a class that uses OER (A list of classes using OER is provided on the OER@USU tab).

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

If you have any questions about the information in the student guides,
or if you have any questions regarding OER, please contact a member of the OER Support Team.
We are here to help you!

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

Jeff HirschiJeff Hirschi  
OER Coordinator
115 Merrill-Cazier Library
(435) 797-0171