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 .
What can CSUF faculty do to lower the cost of education for their students?
Replace Costly Textbooks with OER!
At CSUF we are seeing growth in OER adoption among faculty, the savings had been of over $150,000 in the last 2 years of using OER and other AL$ options. At this time, we have about 50-course sections using OER and/or other no-cost-to-students options (library or web resources).
OER related Articles and Books
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 by Bureau of Labor Stadistics
Open: 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 by Educause
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