Textbook Upload Guide

Oregon’s House Bill 2871 requires faculty to indicate clearly when a course section uses exclusively open textbooks or other low-cost and no-cost course materials.

If you use open educational resources (OER) in your class, you are required to share that information with students. There is an established compliance process in place at Oregon State that relies on the OSU Beaver Store's textbook information upload system.

Step-by-step guide

To comply with the regulations, follow these simple steps:

  1. Faculty member provides the departmental scheduler with the textbook/OER information.
  2. The departmental scheduler fills out the OSU Beaver Store's faculty order form using the appropriate SKUs listed below.
  3. The Beaver Store posts the textbook/OER information (along with the CRN, term, subject code, course and section number) on its website under a unique URL. 
  4. The Office of the Registrar processes this information prior to registration. This automatically populates the information so it is visible to students in Online Services for each specific section.

OSU Beaver Store SKU details

If an SKU is being utilized for an open educational resource or free material offered through the Beaver Store or through a faculty's Canvas page, please enter that SKU in all three fields (i.e., SKU/ISBN, Author, Title). Use the SKU information below to inform students what may/may not be required for course materials.

  • 19707174: materials that are no-cost and posted in Canvas or via an instructor-provided link in Canvas
  • 19734545: materials that are no-cost and the Beaver Store will either receive the material to post and/or the link to the material
  • 10596043: no materials for which students need to obtain

Why is this important?

If you provide no-cost course materials in Canvas but don’t complete the process above, students who visit the Beaver Store website will see a notice that the instructor has yet to complete the book order, signifying that students will need to purchase a book. Completing the process above clearly informs students that all course materials are provided via Canvas at no cost.

Here's an example of what students see when an instructor has successfully completed this process.