This article is speculation that something called "parallel importation" could conceivably be put on the table during the NAFTA renegotiation. Limits to parallel importation would be something of an end-run around the settled law of the "right of first sale".
It is the right of first sale which lets you resell or rent out a copyrighted work like a textbook or a DVD once you have lawfully purchased it. It is on this very right that Netflix built its empire. It basically means that when you buy a physical item, the copyright holder's distribution rights to that item are exhausted and they may not prevent you from doing with it as you see fit, as long as you aren't making reproductions of it.
Limits on parallel importation could possibly endanger the right of first sale for items purchased overseas. So if you're in the habit of buying textbooks (or DVDs, or pharmaceuticals) from across the border, you might have something at stake in the NAFTA talks.
Go Open Or Go Home? The Rise Of OER
Source: nibletz.com • 23-Aug-17
George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education
Another panel at SXSW. You can vote for this panel here
Source: edsurge.com • 23-Aug-17
TCC Expands Student Access To Free Or Low-Cost Textbooks
Source: newson6.com • 22-Aug-17
Oregon promised free tuition. Now it's cutting back
Source: cnn.com • 22-Aug-17
Nothing to do with textbooks, just a tangentially related topic that has my attention.
OpenStax would like you to vote for their SXSW panel
Source: sxsw.com • 16-Aug-17
SXSW is asking the community to vote for the 2018 panels. OpenStax would like you to vote for theirs, entitled "The Information Revolution You’ve Never Heard Of"
LCC takes aim at pricey textbooks, offers free course materials
Source: lansingstatejournal.com • 16-Aug-17
OER opens access
This morning we have a hat trick of community colleges taking action. Hot on the heels of Brookdale College and Mohave Community College, Lansing Community College is adopting OER materials for 24 courses. Also they are preparing a Z-degree in psychology and expect more to follow.
“Five years from now I’d expect lots of Z degree options.”
Source: aacc21stcenturycenter.org • 15-Aug-17
Brookdale Community College in New Jersey is dipping a toe in the waters. It's just one class, for now (Math 021, Introductory Algebra), in fact it's just one section of one class out of about 25, but they anticipate expanding to all sections following the trial run.
Mohave Community College plans to bolster free online curriculum
Source: havasunews.com • 14-Aug-17
Students spending less on class materials.
Source: nacs.org • 11-Aug-17
Nearly 1.5 million college students to use free textbooks this school year
A report from the National Association of College Stores claims that students are spending less on course materials this year ($579 vs $602 last year), and in fact spending has been dropping since 2007.
Note the source, though. And in fairness, NACS is completely transparent about who they work for. Their tagline is "The leading RESOURCE and ADVOCATE for the higher education retail market."
Source: openstax.org • 11-Aug-17
The headline doesn't quite match the article. This is Openstax's blog, and the 1.5 million refers to students specifically using Openstax books.
The Open Textbook Network hosts the Summer Institute and Summit
Source: umn.edu • 08-Aug-17
I'm 2 days late on this. Summer Institute is 8/7 - 8/9, Summit is 8/9 - 8/11
Open Up Resources Designs OER Curricula for High School Math, Middle School ELA
Source: thejournal.com • 08-Aug-17
Register for Florida's first Open Educational Resources Summit
Source: flvc.org • 06-Aug-17
September 7-8 at Hilton Daytona Beach Resort
How BMCC is fighting rising textbook costs through OER
Source: amny.com • 06-Aug-17
Pearson to Cut 3,000 Jobs, Dividend as Education Woes Remain
Source: bloomberg.com • 04-Aug-17
Rhode Island makes community college free
Pearson is clearly not in denial about disruption to its industry. It's cutting its dividend by 72%, shuttering offices, laying off 3,000 (after laying off 4,000 last year).
Everybody knows the halcyon days are over for the old-guard textbook publishers. Shareholders are nonetheless expressing some displeasure.
Source: cnn.com • 04-Aug-17
Analysis: How OER Is Boosting School Performance and Equity From the Suburbs to the Arctic
This idea is catching on. Add Rhode Island to the list that already includes New York, Tennessee and Oregon as well as the city of San Francisco.
These stories are never quite as good as the headline, though. They aren't simply eliminating tuition and fees. This is a "last-dollar scholarship" that covers whatever other student aid doesn't cover. Also caveats abound (must be full time, must maintain a 2.5 GPA, must be a recent high school graduate, etc.).
Source: the74million.org • 03-Aug-17
Ohio University joins the Open Textbook Network
Source: thepostathens.com • 03-Aug-17
Big Publishing wants to co-opt the Open Textbook Revolution
Source: fastcompany.com • 01-Aug-17
UTPB to join the Open Textbook Network
This is reminiscent of the embrace, extend and extinguish
strategy from the software world. In an amusing ironic twist, Bill Gates is a major player on the other side of that fight - via the Gates Foundation and it's efforts to support free educational materials.
Source: utpb.edu • 01-Aug-17
News Relase from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, TX.
Going All In on Personalized Learning
Source: insidehighered.com • 01-Aug-17
National University is getting in on the act. This article is about NU piloting a reconfiguration of their platform, and one facet of that is asking participating instructors (20, for now) to adopt some form of OER in their specific competencies.