Open Educational Resources may cut textbook costs
Source: byu.edu • 29-Mar-17
from the BYU student newspaper.
Van Werven bill on disclosing textbook costs passes House
Source: lyndentribune.com • 29-Mar-17
Washington bill would require colleges to publish textbook costs in their class schedule. South Carolina has a similar bill
currently in committee.
Senate committee marks 6 higher education bills pending
Source: theshorthorn.com • 29-Mar-17
From The Shorthorn: the student newspaper from UT Arlington. Here's
the bill. The article mentions the introduction of Open Educational Resources, but it also requires schools to disclose required texts and their prices when they publish class schedules - similar to pending legislation in Washington and South Carolina.
Push for Open Textbooks gains traction
Source: theumdstatesman.com • 29-Mar-17
“Textbooks are stupid expensive,” Kenyanya said.
Open Educational Resources Movement Scales Up
Source: edweek.org • 28-Mar-17
Requires free registration to read past the second paragraph.
Can We Afford Free Textbooks?
Source: insidehighered.com • 27-Mar-17
How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks
Source: sspnet.org • 27-Mar-17
Pearson facing enduring headwinds in key US education business
Source: co.uk • 27-Mar-17
Hovering Over the Precipice, Desperate Pearson Reaches Out
Source: huffingtonpost.com • 27-Mar-17
Digital Textbooks: The Appearance of Tipping Points
Source: outsellinc.com • 27-Mar-17
Research report. Requires login to read.
Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
Source: tennessean.com • 27-Mar-17
Proposed cap on textbook costs in peril after colleges object
Source: bizjournals.com • 27-Mar-17
Yet another followup on this story from March 2
‘Open’ Ed. Provider Steps Into English/Language Arts Market
Source: edweek.org • 24-Mar-17
Open Education Week 2017
Source: unr.edu • 23-Mar-17
In California, More Ways to Vet Reading and Math Materials
Source: edweek.org • 23-Mar-17
Campaign Spotlights Global Open Education Movement
Source: campustechnology.com • 22-Mar-17
UCSF Commits to Make All Journals Freely Accessible
Source: ucsf.edu • 20-Mar-17
HMH Restructuring Begins
Source: publishersweekly.com • 20-Mar-17
Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning
Source: philly.com • 19-Mar-17
Welcome to OER Week of OpenLearning’17
Source: stevegreenlaw.org • 19-Mar-17
In 18 Years, A College Degree Could Cost About $500,000
Source: buzzfeed.com • 17-Mar-17
The headline is a bit sensational - and maybe what would happen if there was no feedback in the system as the price rises to ludicrous levels. Slashdot is discussing it
International corporation takes over SRJC bookstores
Source: theoakleafnews.com • 15-Mar-17
Another independent college bookstore falls to Follett after a million dollars in losses. This is the bookstore where I first learned to my frustration how a (then) $75 math book could become worthless over a period of 5 short months.
Letter: Ask legislators to limit Florida lobbyists
Source: historiccity.com • 15-Mar-17
So this is a Letter to the Editor of Historic City News. It wanders a bit, but the writer is pointing out that lobbyists from Prentice Hall (a publisher owned by Pearson) are busy lobbying the Florida government regarding House Bill 989 "Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education". You can see the lobbyists registered for yourself at myfloridahouse.gov - search just on the bill number.
Affordable Learning Solutions Expo focused on faculty-provided affordable resources for students
Source: dailytitan.com • 15-Mar-17
From the Cal State Fullerton university newspaper. You might recall from 2014 Fullerton was the center of a controversy when math professor Alain Bourget was disciplined
for assigning textbooks other than the $180 book dictated by his department for his Linear Algebra class. And what textbook was he ordered to use? The one his boss and the head of the department wrote. What a fortuitous happenstance!
20,000 Worldclass University Lectures Made Illegal, So We Irrevocably Mirrored Them
Source: lbry.io • 15-Mar-17
You've probably heard about UC Berkely deleting a bunch of free lecture videos. So the people at LBRY (pronounced "library"; it's an internet protocol) have archived them. I'm sure others will do this and if I find a more browser-friendly repository I'll add a link (LBRY requires an app, or CURL commands). If you haven't
heard about it, here's
Minnesota is looking to reduce college costs. Here's how: BTN LiveBIG
Source: btn.com • 15-Mar-17
New Jersey could require schools to provide textbooks
Source: newsworks.org • 14-Mar-17
Bill would require schools to provide physical textbooks to every student - so a tablet and an online resource doesn't suffice. This looks like a gift to the entrenched publishers. Here
is the bill. This same senator proposed a similar law in 2012.
‘No Plans’ to Delete Free Content
Source: insidehighered.com • 14-Mar-17
Student Senate: Body will discuss opposing proposed textbook initiative
Source: thepostathens.com • 14-Mar-17
This relates to a story previously posted about the Ohio proposal to cap textbook costs at $300 per semester.
Making the case for common K-12 standards
Source: eschoolnews.com • 13-Mar-17
Southern Republican governor leading free college movement
Source: wtop.com • 12-Mar-17
USG’s textbook resolution passes in University Senate
Source: thelantern.com • 11-Mar-17
General Counsel Amends Regulation to Make Textbooks More Affordable
Source: eaglenews.org • 11-Mar-17
School textbooks come with hefty price tag
Source: kmvt.com • 10-Mar-17
Considering OER? Here’s what you need to know
Source: eschoolnews.com • 10-Mar-17
A basic primer for the uninitiated.
Open Source textbooks could save students a bundle
Source: baltimorepostexaminer.com • 10-Mar-17
Maryland's Textbook Cost Savings Act of 2017 cleared the Senate. Watch House Bill 967
to know if it makes it to make it to the governor's desk. Provides $100,000 grant to develop and promote OER for Maryland's universities.
Budget proposal would limit amount Ohio's universities can charge students for textbooks
Source: wtol.com • 10-Mar-17
Another story about Ohio's proposed budget, which includes a $300 cap on college textbooks per semester.
Is the College Textbook Industry (Also) Uniquely Inefficient?
Source: medium.com • 09-Mar-17
The author is trying to pinpoint a root cause of runaway education price increases. This article edges toward the political, so if you just want the summary (my summary, anyway): People overvalue the higher education wage premium. And on the subject of textbooks in particular there is this quote: "people making decisions about which textbooks to use do not bear the costs".
Affordable Learning Solutions Expo to be Held March 14 (Cal State Fullerton)
Source: fullerton.edu • 09-Mar-17
New Solutions—Not Just New Winners—In the Curriculum Marketplace
Source: washingtonmonthly.com • 08-Mar-17
TLT Fellows, Engagement programs seeking educational technology collaborators
Source: psu.edu • 08-Mar-17
COC To Launch First Year Promise Grant Program In Fall
Source: hometownstation.com • 07-Mar-17
COC is College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita
OC board gets updates on fees, tax collections
Source: oaoa.com • 07-Mar-17
Near the end is this curious sentence: "Because math uses a more comprehensive program, the fee is $25, as opposed to the college’s standing $20 OER fee." I tried to follow up to find out what the fee covers but the press line didn't have that kind of detail.
Leveling the Playing Field for Independent Bookstores
Source: insidehighered.com • 06-Mar-17
Independent college bookstores are circling the wagons against the trend of schools leasing out their bookstore operations to corporate interests - specifically Barnes & Noble and Follett.
OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources
Source: hechingerreport.org • 06-Mar-17
SNC bookstore searches for a simple solution when providing students with textbooks
Source: snceagleseye.com • 06-Mar-17
"Federal law dictates that students must have some way to purchase their textbooks through the college."
CLC pushes to reduce textbook costs
Source: chicagotribune.com • 05-Mar-17
CLC is College of Lake County (Illinois). The article mentions about half the saving is from switching to "custom textbooks".
AB-960 Sales and use taxes: exemptions: textbooks.
Source: ca.gov • 03-Mar-17
March 6: Faculty workshop on Open Textbook Library
Source: wsu.edu • 03-Mar-17
The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cheap Textbooks for College
Source: centsai.com • 03-Mar-17
Kasich budget to blame for no OU faculty, staff raises
Source: athensmessenger.com • 02-Mar-17
The budget calls for public colleges and universities to provide textbooks and they can charge up to $300 to recover costs. This article is paywalled. You didn't hear this from me but CTRL-U is your friend. Just scroll to the bottom.
$3.8 Million Saved By Eliminating Textbooks At Georgia Highlands College
Source: patch.com • 01-Mar-17
Open Education Resources | Thoughts and Ideas
Source: hcsdoh.net • 01-Mar-17
Barnes & Noble buys MBS Textbook Exchange
Source: columbiatribune.com • 01-Mar-17
"MBS is the largest used college textbook wholesaler" according to their website. This acquisition by B&N Ed comes on the heels of VitalSource's acquisition of Verba, which has a similar business line.
Teachers should get on board with free textbook program
Source: thechannels.org • 01-Mar-17
Editorial from the Santa Barbara City College student newspaper. SBCC received a $40,000 award under California's Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program.
Major Educational Content Providers And Distributors Join Together To Fight Counterfeit Textbooks
Source: yahoo.com • 01-Mar-17
Major textbook publishers and distributors team up to stamp out counterfeit textbooks. When a basic chemistry book costs $306, it's no surprise that there's a problem with counterfeiting.
UNT dropouts ready to takeover the textbook industry
Source: ntdaily.com • 01-Mar-17
North Texas Daily: the student newspaper for the University of North Texas.
John Tyler Community College to offer degree with no textbook costs
Source: richmond.com • 01-Mar-17