Last Published 2/13/24
In a CSUF survey completed by 9,697 students during Fall 2016, only 28% reported buying all of their required textbook/instructional materials every semester. Of those surveyed, 82% said the reason why they did not buy or rent required course materials was that they were too expensive. The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equitable access to free or low-cost learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025.
At California State University, Fullerton, we are seeing a significant increase in the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) among faculty members, in addition to other no-cost course material options (e.g., library materials). Courses that have Zero-Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) are marked in the schedule with a special symbol so students can easily identify them.
Faculty using Open Educational Resources (OER) facilitate the university's commitment to providing equitable access to opportunities and resources necessary for student success.
Zero-Cost Course Materials Symbol in CSUF Course Schedule
Transcript for "Is the Cost of Books Preventing You from Taking the Classes You Need?" created by FDC
Learn More about Finding Zero-Cost Course Material Classes and Advocating for Them!
Adoption Finder, a list of open textbooks used in post secondary courses
Models for Sustainable OER
by Stephen Downer, National Research Council Canada
Fixing the Broken Textbook Market
by Cailyn Nagle and Kaitlyn Vitez, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006
by Bureau of Labor Stadistics
The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science
, edited by Rajiv S. Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener. A collection of articles related to OER
A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources
prepared by Neil Butcher for the Commonwealth of Learning and UNESCO
7 Things You Should Know About OER
Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom
by LUMEN learning
OER Research Guidebook
by John Hilton III, David Wiley, Lane Fischer, and Rob Nyland
Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?
by Jasmine Roberts
How Textbook Rentals Undercut Students
by Sheila Liming
Ten Facts About Open Educational Resources (OER)
by Contact North, Government of Ontario
For more information about the OER Program and OER initiatives at Cal State Fullerton, please contact
Dr. Shelli Wynants,
Quality Online Inclusive Learning Design Coordinator,
Michaela Keating, OER Librarian.