Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students
Concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. Explore possible solutions by attending a two hour workshop on open textbooks; write a short textbook review after the workshop; receive a $250 stipend for your efforts!
Did You Know…
- 65% of students in one large, multi-institutional survey decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive, even though almost all of them were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade (Student PIRGs, 2014).
- The estimate for books and supplies for the average full-time undergraduate student at a four-year public college is about $1,298 (College Board, 2016)
- Between 1998 and 2016, college textbook prices increased by 90% while recreational book prices fell by more than 35% (AEIdeas 2016).
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.
What You Can Do
Attend the OHIO Open Textbook Faculty Workshop — a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $250 stipend for your participation and written review.
What: OHIO Open Textbook Faculty Workshop
Where: Alden Library Room 251
When: Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 AM
Who: Jasmine Roberts, School of Communication, the Ohio State University and Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Take 5 minutes to apply by Monday, October 9th at 5:00 pm. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability and will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in the Libraries Alternative Textbook programs.
If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Kelly Broughton, Assistant Dean for Research and Education. You can also visit the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication web pages for more information about our open education initiatives.
This workshop is sponsored by Ohio University Libraries as a member of the Open Textbook Network.