What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses), which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials.
The Textbook Affordability Crisis
Increase in the cost textbooks since 2006, 4 times the rate of inflation
Students spend on average $1,200 a year on textbooks
85% of USU students delayed purchasing a textbook due to cost
58% reported suffering academically due to this delay
Sources: Student Public Interest Research Groups; Internal survey of USU students.
OER are making a significant impact at Utah State University. We strive to increase the number of open textbooks and materials used throughout the USU community.
OER have saved USU students over $1,400,00 since 2014.
- 16,013 USU students impacted by OER
- 1,077 class selection that have used free textbooks
- 95 unique courses that have used OER at USU
Call for Proposals
We do not currently have an open call for proposals. If you are interested in learning more about funding opportunities, please reach out to the OER team.
Interested in OER? Contact us for help finding OER to suit your needs.
OER Faculty Champions
I like OER because it's a great supplemental resource and great for students. It's accessible and economical for a Gen Ed course.closing quote
I've loved the flexibility of OER. Flexible for students to study with and for our faculty to innovate and possibly adapt.closing quote
I like leveling the playing field and making it affordable for everyone.closing quote