Promising Trends in Sentiment on Online Learning Among College Faculty
Source: insidehighered.com • 28-Oct-17
This is a fairly long read. The survey is mostly about online learning, but a couple of questions touch on the subject of textbooks. Specifically, they found that over 90 percent of faculty think textbooks are too expensive.
Equally unsurprising: educators are mostly suspicious of outsourcing education to online program management. I can't say I blame them.
Area universities take new approaches to curb cost of textbooks
Source: daytondailynews.com • 26-Oct-17
UM System Encourages Faculty to Use More Open Educational Resources
Source: kbia.org • 25-Oct-17
University of Missouri is ready to implement the plan announced earlier this year. Instructors will be eligible for grants between $1000 and $10,000 to adopt or adapt free textbooks.
University of Calgary to pilot free textbooks through open educational resources grants
Source: thegauntlet.ca • 24-Oct-17
Senate debates resolution on Open Educational Resources
Source: iowastatedaily.com • 24-Oct-17
No, not that Senate. This is the student senate of the Iowa State University Student Government.
Textbook prices likely to be chopped by 40 to 80 percent in select classes this spring
Source: dailycardinal.com • 24-Oct-17
A Horizontal Move in the Right Direction
Source: insidehighered.com • 24-Oct-17
Opinion piece written by the managing director at OpenStax. Contains an eye-popping claim that OpenStax has saved students $340 million dollars since its founding five years ago.
This textbook innovation will save your college student a lot of money
Source: kansascity.com • 20-Oct-17
Source: stanforddaily.com • 18-Oct-17
Op ed to the student newspaper of Stanford University.
Wellesly Needs To Be Held Accountable For Expensive Textbook Prices
Source: thewellesleynews.com • 17-Oct-17
Op-ed to the Wellesley College News completes today's hat-trick of opinion pieces to student newspapers.
Raimondo: Cutting the cost of college textbooks
Source: browndailyherald.com • 17-Oct-17
Reading between the lines of this op-ed written by the governor of Rhode Island, I suspect this is subtle criticism aimed at Brown University for inaction on OER adoption. Rhode Island launched the Open Textbook Initiative about a year ago and Brown University was one of the seven universities pledging support, But Governor Raimondo notes that "Brown hasn’t yet switched out any texts" and includes a call to action to students to raise the issue with professors and administrators.
California will make one year free at community colleges
Source: cnn.com • 14-Oct-17
California will be offering all first year community college students a fee waiver for their per-unit enrollment fees. What's amusing about this is California made all community colleges "tuition free" decades ago, but over time other fees crept in to become tuition in all but name.
Follett Joins Educational Publishers and Distributors in Effort to Fight Counterfeit Textbooks
Source: prnewswire.com • 10-Oct-17
A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens
Source: businessinsider.com • 09-Oct-17
Wright State University working to reduce textbook costs
Source: fairborndailyherald.com • 09-Oct-17
Wright State is piloting Inclusive Courseware, in which the university purchases books for all students at a negotiated price, and then charges a fee at registration.
Students, administrators talk textbook costs at community dialogue
Source: dailynorthwestern.com • 08-Oct-17
A Big Publisher Embraces OER
Source: insidehighered.com • 08-Oct-17
By "big publisher", they mean Cengage. Since Cengage specializes in digital publishing and has a particular problem with counterfeiting, they have little to lose by leveraging the work of the OER community.
'Open' Curricula Offerings Expand to Social Studies
Source: edweek.org • 08-Oct-17
Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform
Source: educationnext.org • 07-Oct-17
Lowering student textbook costs among Oct. 24 faculty workshop incentives
Source: psu.edu • 04-Oct-17
Penn State University. Faculty that participate are being offered a stipend to review open textbooks from the OTN
Leading Curriculum Reform Efforts Using Open Educational Resources
Source: newamerica.org • 03-Oct-17
Open Access Month – Open Educational Resources in Biology
Source: utexas.edu • 03-Oct-17
From the Blog of the Office of the Director, University of Texas Libraries, it's Open Access Month and today's guest blogger discusses his experience using OER in his biology class.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN Offers a z-degree
Source: brainerddispatch.com • 03-Oct-17
American University is latest to shift toward OER to make college more affordable
Source: edscoop.com • 03-Oct-17
AU joins the OTN
FlatWorld: The Publishing Platform Looking To Rewrite The Rules Of Textbook Economics
Source: forbes.com • 02-Oct-17
Flatworld doesn't really do OER. They publish textbooks on a range of subjects and provide them in multiple formats - with print-on-demand. For example,
here is a general chemistry book, which can be used for 2 semesters. Print, online and downloadable version of the 2-volume set is $109.
Bay College plans 'Free the Textbooks' Rally
Source: uppermichiganssource.com • 01-Oct-17
The rally is open to the public in Escanaba, MI on Tuesday, October 17, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Find out what’s changed this year in some of your child’s Wake County classes
Source: newsobserver.com • 01-Oct-17
Wake County, North Carolina has adopted open educational resources from Mathematics Vision Project
for high school math and EL Education
for elementary and middle school language arts classes. Here
is the story from May of this year announcing the selections.
eCampusOntario's Online Open Textbook Library
Source: businessinsider.com • 01-Oct-17
Shenandoah University: Open Education Resources Workshop For Faculty.
Source: su.edu • 30-Sep-17
Shenandoah University is in Winchester VA. October 12 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Workshop: Introduction to Open Educational Resources and eTexts
Source: carleton.ca • 30-Sep-17
Carleton University in Ottawa Canada is hosting this free event for faculty and staff on Friday, October 20
Open educational resources movement gains speed
Source: opensource.com • 30-Sep-17
College students in Rhode Island have saved nearly $900K on textbooks in a year
Source: edscoop.com • 26-Sep-17
Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017
Source: col.org • 30-Aug-17
Apparently I was asleep at the switch when this was published last month.