"Professors assign textbooks (or other materials) that they view as required to succeed in their courses, but some students say they go in with a wait-and-see attitude: They delay a week or two into the semester, and then obtain only the materials that seem truly necessary to them. "—Source: EdSurge

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This article goes to show the importance of OER. When course materials are free (or low-cost), student can connect with course material without having to weigh the cost vs. value of a textbook. —Eduwire Editors