Open Education Week survey result samples

Student feedback is a critical part of making high quality education more affordable. We asked our students to take part in a survey focused on textbooks and affordability.

If you purchased the textbooks for your courses, do you think it was worth it?

It's 50/50. Either we use the materials constantly, or we barely touch them. It's unfortunate that we don't know which class will fit into which category, so I buy books for every one that requires it and only use half of them, which I feel is a waste of money.

No. I can spend $200 on a text book and a course will only work out of 6-7 chapters out of the 20-30 something there. I believe that there is value in the information, but the cost is ridiculous.

There are some textbooks that I've paid for and really enjoyed, and often they were easier to navigate/better converted than other course materials offered for free, and I used them plenty throughout the course. That being said, I'm not sure it was necessarily worth the price, and I'd rather deal with the inconvenience of dealing with scanned or disjointed materials than take on the cost of the textbooks.

No I don’t think that textbooks are worth it. I can always find information online that is more up-to-date, more relevant and free to access. The only time that I find a textbook valuable is if I am assigned homework from questions out of the book. I think that access codes are cheaper and more accessible because typically I am always around my computer or access to one. I still don't typically use the textbooks however.

I try to make the decision before, if there is a text I think I will use, then I will purchase it, if not I rent. The classes that use open sources or textbook alternatives tend to be better and more up to date.

If you could get your textbooks for free, what would you do with the money instead?

I would save it for tuition, for rent, a car, groceries, everything. That money would go such a long way in other parts of my life.

My husband and I are trying to save some for our sons' future college expenses, while taking out loans for me to finish my degree. If I didn't have to pay for textbooks, the money for them would go to savings for my sons.

If I could get textbooks for free, I would use the money saved to continue paying toward student loans. In order to purchase my textbooks, I have to take out loans larger than I would need if I didn't extra money for textbooks and other materials. Since student loans have such high interest, in the long run, I'm likely paying twice the amount for required materials than if I didn't need the extra fund for such supplies.

I could provide more food for my family. Clothes/household items for my baby.

If I could get my textbooks for free, I would have a couple hundred more dollars to put towards paying my bills. At the beginning of each term, I have to delay my phone payment and buying less food, until I receive my disbursement, so that I can ensure I have my required materials.

What is something you’d like faculty to know about your access codes or textbooks?

Something I'd like faculty to know about my access codes or textbooks is understanding the shipping times it may take for some Ecampus students to receive them, and access codes can be a bit tricky to figure out.

I would like them to know that when we purchase ebooks, the textbooks sometimes take a while to load each page. Added up, this is a lot of wasted time waiting for a textbook to load throughout the term.

When access codes or textbooks are super expensive and required for the class, it feels unfair. We already pay a lot of money for the class itself and to have to pay more to even access homework doesn’t seem right to me. Just an opinion.

I would like faculty to know just how much textbooks truly impact students. This starts from the accessibility from funding to the ability to have that information available to look back on in classes as well as into professional careers.

It is essential for me to have textbooks for classes in order to learn materials that are discussed in the class. Textbooks provide more details than what a professor can teach on their own.

How many hours a week do you work to afford school?

I work 40 hours a week and I still cannot afford school. I have had to take out loans and I try to make monthly payments as much as possible. My payments have to be put on hold when I need to buy textbooks.

I currently am not working but stay home with my children. My husband is the only one who has a full time job. We used Financial Aid and stimulus check to pay my first tuition bill and a credit card for my books.

I am unable to work due to my visa status. It is a struggle to pay for my education and textbooks on my husband's salary. I delayed my college start by 2 years due to unaffordability. If I could work I would work part time so I could more easily afford my courses and textbooks.

35 hours per week. It depends upon the class and textbook. If the texts are more than $100, I do typically need to work extra hours that month.

I work full time and still have to take a loan out to cover the cost of tuition and raise my son.

Have any of your instructors had 0 cost textbooks or course materials?

Deanna Lloyd provided all reading materials within Canvas, and it was extremely beneficial! I was able to print out what I felt was most important for me to keep for the future (or on which I wanted to take notes), and not having that additional cost was very nice.

Yes! Professor McCarty! She made it so that no one had to purchase anything to learn. It was amazing

I have had a few classes with no-cost course materials but not textbooks. FW 340 (multicultural perspectives in natural resources), NR 201 (managing natural resources for the future), ALS 114 (a career discovery class), and BA 140 (financial literacy for college life) all had no costs I believe. So thank you to those course developers and instructors!

Unfortunately, I haven't had any classes with 0 cost textbooks or materials at OSU yet. But I did at my community college before transferring, so thank you very much, Dr. McDaniel, Mr. Monaghan, Dr. Scott, and most especially Dr. Hanson!!

My textbook for Chem 121 with Dr. Barth was a free textbook which is super appropriated. If I remember correctly, there may have been an access code we had to pay for, but even that was super affordable and very much worth it!