If a Textbook Falls in the Forest...
Source: insidehighered.com • 27-Nov-17
Sign the Textbook Pledge (If you're a UNC professor)
Source: unc.edu • 23-Nov-17
The Undergraduate Executive Branch of the University of North Carolina Student Government is asking professors to sign a pledge to make an effort to reduce textbook costs. It suggests keeping total course material costs below $50, as well as adopting open educational resources.
Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet
Source: hechingerreport.org • 22-Nov-17
This article explores some reasons that OER uptake in k-12 education lags compared to colleges and universities.
Free Textbooks? NJIT’s Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative
Source: njitvector.com • 21-Nov-17
New Jersey Institute of Technology launched its Open and Affordable Textbook initiative early in 2017 with twelve $1000 grants to instructors to redesign their classes around OER.
Cengage Defends Value of Digital Course Materials Amid Print Decline
Source: xconomy.com • 20-Nov-17
Cengage revenue is in decline. Specifically, print revenue is declining. CEO Michael Hansen puts on a brave face for this article and says he thinks they can round the corner in two years and digital sales will fill in.
I try to be objective, but I can't help but experience a bit of schadenfreude when I read this. Some of the quotes from the CEO leave me with the impression that they're at a loss for a way to combat the phenomenon of viable, credible competition that's available to students at no cost.
Open education resources policy will make study materials more accessible
Source: capilanocourier.com • 20-Nov-17
5 Steps to Adopting Open Educational Resources
Source: edsurge.com • 19-Nov-17
OER Gets Some Air Time
Source: fox47news.com • 16-Nov-17
Local Fox affiliate in Lansing, Michigan devotes 3 minutes to Open Educational Resources on their morning show with a librarian and a history professor from Lansing Community College
Textbook Prices May Have Peaked
Source: openstax.org • 16-Nov-17
OpenStax is trumpeting a report that textbook prices appear to have hit a ceiling. You can examine the data at the Bureau of Labor Statistics
, which shows an actual decline for the year 2017.
Texas Tech University Libraries has joined the Open Textbook Network
Source: ttu.edu • 10-Nov-17
Campus Expands Effort to Make Course Materials Affordable
Source: fullerton.edu • 07-Nov-17
From the Cal State Fullerton News Center. In compliance with California Senate Bill 1359, the school must: "Clearly highlight...the courses that exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students" in the class schedule.
Signed into law a year ago, the rule applies to all campuses of the California State University system and all community colleges. Interestingly, the wording doesn't mandate the same for the UC system but simply "requests" that they participate.
Inclusive Access Takes Off
Source: insidehighered.com • 07-Nov-17
Inclusive Access is the practice of charging all students for course materials at registration and then providing (usually) digital copies of course materials on the first day of class.
Of course, this works out very nicely for publishers because most students don't opt out, and there is no secondary market for the digital access codes like there is for used textbooks.
A Big List of MOOCs
Source: qz.com • 05-Nov-17
Virginia Commonwealth University Holding Open Textbook Workshops
Source: vcu.edu • 04-Nov-17
For university faculty. Two sessions: Friday December 1 and Friday January 19.
Dallas Community Colleges to Be Free For Local High School Students
Source: dallasnews.com • 02-Nov-17
As usual with these things, caveats abound. College won't be free, it will just be covered by assorted financial aid and scholarships. Also, not everyone in Dallas is eligible. You have to be coming from one of 31 high schools on the list.
It's a start.
Plan Would Make Textbooks Exempt From State Sales Tax
Source: wcbe.org • 01-Nov-17
Ohio House Bill 337 would exempt textbook purchases from state sales tax.
Although I'm sure it's well intentioned, this is as much a gift to the publishers as to the students.
Cengage Discusses Q2 Earnings
Source: seekingalpha.com • 01-Nov-17
Reading through these things is time consuming, but it can be very enlightening
Revenue is down 4% for the quarter
Traditional print textbook sales is down substantially
Digital sales is up
They really love digital sales because "there is no resale value to that print component"
Required reading: What are students paying for textbooks?
Source: theadvertiser.com • 31-Oct-17
Making textbooks free
Source: coastreportonline.com • 31-Oct-17
From the student newspaper of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA
Alternative Textbook Grants Available for 2018
Source: uky.edu • 27-Oct-17
University of Kentucky. Up to $1500. Application deadline is December 22.
George Mason University Creates OER Meta-Search Engine
Source: infotoday.com • 06-Oct-17
Searches 15 other search engines, including Merlot, the Open Textbook Network, BC Campus, OER Commons. One nice feature is it also searches some digitized archives of old material, so if you want to learn Analytic Geometry the way it was taught 100 years ago, you're in luck.