Sharpen Your Analytics Skills With These 5 Free Book Sources
Source: forbes.com • 25-Feb-17
Rutgers, NJPIRG helping to reduce textbook costs
Source: dailyrecord.com • 25-Feb-17
Another story about the Rutgers "Open Affordable Textbook" program. This one includes some additional detail as well as a link to the program
Opinion: Textbooks are criminally overpriced
Source: ksusentinel.com • 25-Feb-17
Opinion piece in the Kennesaw State University student newspaper.
Buffalo State kicks off ALMI award program
Source: buffstaterecord.com • 25-Feb-17
"This program encourages professors to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER) in their classrooms."
Moody's Expects Challenges To Continue For US Textbook Publishers
Source: co.uk • 25-Feb-17
Barnes & Noble Education Shares Down 12%
Source: forbes.com • 23-Feb-17
Textbook tears: not worth the expense
Source: umbc.edu • 22-Feb-17
Districts 'Go Open' for instructional resources
Source: cdispatch.com • 22-Feb-17
Education publisher Pearson reports biggest loss in its history
Source: theguardian.com • 22-Feb-17
Pearson Shares Slide After $3.3 billion 2016 Loss, Strategic Review Launch
Source: thestreet.com • 22-Feb-17
First Houghton Mifflin, now Pearson. Big impairment charges. In short, they are all expressing in accounting terms the reality that their industry isn't worth what it used to be and their market power is collapsing. Earnings season is so fun.
Students Praise Q Guide Questions on Textbook Prices
Source: thecrimson.com • 21-Feb-17
From the Crimson (Harvard's daily newspaper). The Q guide is a student feedback system. It will now be asking questions about how much students spent on course materials to give new students some visibility on the issue before they select their classes.
Houghton Mifflin reports Q4 Loss
Source: hmhco.com • 21-Feb-17
Full year and Quarterly results. Sales down, billings down, losses up. The loss is partly due to write-downs of some of their brands. 2017 isn't looking so great either. An industry experiencing disruption is no place for the faint of heart. On that note, HMH got a new CEO last week. Good luck John Lynch.
The Open Textbook Summit 2017; May 24-25 at Simon Fraser University - Harbour Center in Vancouver, B.C.
Source: bccampus.ca • 20-Feb-17
Looks like this summit is meant to have a provincial focus.
Registration is open now.
How Rutgers wants to lower the price of textbooks for students
Source: nj.com • 18-Feb-17
The OER Content Trap
Source: econproph.com • 16-Feb-17
Opinion Piece. The author (Jim Luke) makes the case that the term "Open Educational Resources" is something of a trap and he would like to recommend a replacement.
A Guide to Buying your Textbooks
Source: bucks-news.com • 14-Feb-17
From the student newspaper of Bucks County Community College: It's a slow news day.
Top Hat Raises $22.5 Million to Go After Pearson, McGraw-Hill
Source: bloomberg.com • 13-Feb-17
is a Hacker News discussion about it.
VitalSource Announces Intent to Acquire Verba
Source: businesswire.com • 13-Feb-17
Best I can tell, Verba's primary business is helping schools and school bookstores select, source and price educational material. VitalSource's (which is owned by Ingram Content Group, whch in turn is owned by Ingram Industries) appears to have a broader product offering with a lot of overlap with Verba.
Teaching without textbooks
Source: aacc21stcenturycenter.org • 13-Feb-17
Chegg reports earnings.
Source: seekingalpha.com • 12-Feb-17
Textbook rental company turns in impressive 37.5% year-over-year revenue growth.
SC colleges would have to help lower textbook costs under new bill
Source: thetigernews.com • 11-Feb-17
Requires some disclosure from professors. Also requires professors to use the same book for at least 2 years (3 in some cases)
Students deserve tax exemptions from textbooks
Source: dailytexanonline.com • 11-Feb-17
Are textbooks in or out? The state of open educational resources
Source: opensource.com • 11-Feb-17
An interview with Cable Green, director of Open Education for Creative Commons. Goes over the nuts and bolts of driving OER adoption.
Open educational resources receive support from several UConn groups
Source: dailycampus.com • 08-Feb-17
Article about the student government at UCONN driving adoption of open textbooks, including funding a professor's work on a chemistry book. The article doesn't provide a link to the book, so here
it is on Openstax
A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them
Source: edsurge.com • 07-Feb-17
Washington Rep. Intros Bill to Expand OER Use at 6 Institutions
Source: campustechnology.com • 06-Feb-17
It's just a bill, yes it's only a bill, and it's sitting there on capitol hill - or whatever they call it there in Olympia WA. $100,000 grants to six colleges to foster OER adoption.
San Francisco becomes first city to offer free community college tuition to all residents
Source: pbs.org • 06-Feb-17
Pearson (Mis)Education: Walking Dead?
Source: huffingtonpost.com • 02-Feb-17
It's hard to resist the temptation to vilify certain companies, but HuffPo is not burdened with such hang-ups. Also, remember Betteridge's law of headlines.
Penn State Joins Open Textbook Network To Increase Free Student Textbook Access
Source: onwardstate.com • 30-Jan-17