$1 Billion in Savings through Open Educational Resources
Source: sparcopen.org • 12-Oct-18
A couple of things caught my eye on this extraordinary claim. Extrapolating from the 2013 claim of $100 million, we've saved an additional 900 million over 5 years. Weigh this against an textbook market of somewhere around 10 billion dollars annually in the US.
Note that the billion dollars in savings is worldwide, but it breaks down to over 95 percent US and Canada and almost all of it is higher ed. K-12 only accounted for about 45 million dollars.
College of DuPage hosts Community College Open Educational Resources Summit Nov. 30
Source: dailyherald.com • 06-Nov-18
Program pushes professors to replace pricey textbooks
Source: thedailycougar.com • 31-Oct-18
YouTube Learning: Investing in educational creators, resources, and tools for EduTubers
Source: googleblog.com • 22-Oct-18
Youtube is investing $20 million in educational content on their platform.
Stanford must lower the cost of textbooks
Source: stanforddaily.com • 08-Oct-18
From the Stanford Student Newspaper.
ED Grant Allows UC Davis to Lead Expansion of Open Textbooks
Source: campustechnology.com • 16-Oct-18
U.S. Department of Education Awards $4.9 Million Grant to University of California, Davis to Develop Free, Open Textbooks Program
Source: ed.gov • 03-Oct-18
Congress Renews $5 Million Open Textbook Pilot For Second Year
Source: sparcopen.org • 26-Sep-18
UT Working to Expand Open Educational Resource Options
Source: utk.edu • 24-Sep-18
An open-source solution for soaring college costs
Source: washingtonpost.com • 14-Sep-18
CLC students save more than $850,000 using free textbooks; college announces Illinois Community College OER Summit
Source: dailyherald.com • 17-Sep-18
AMS Textbook Broke campaign urges university, professors to expand access to affordable learning materials
Source: ubyssey.ca • 17-Sep-18
Perlego raises $4.8M for its ‘Spotify for textbooks’
Source: techcrunch.com • 10-Sep-18
70+ Student Leaders Call on Congress to Renew Open Textbook Pilot
Source: uspirg.org • 05-Sep-18
Seeking a Middle Ground Between Publishers and OER
Source: insidehighered.com • 15-Aug-18
The campus push for open educational resources continues into 2018
Source: arbiteronline.com • 13-Aug-18
Ohio University and Top Hat Partnership Saves Students More Than $1 Million in Textbook Costs
Source: businesswire.com • 02-Aug-18
SCALE working to expand free textbooks
Source: thestate.com • 08-Aug-18
New fee replaces textbook shopping at 5 South Carolina tech schools
Source: postandcourier.com • 01-Aug-18
Inclusive Access appears to be gaining a foothold. I'm not sure that this is a good thing.
48 percent of colleges, 2.2 million students using free OpenStax textbooks this year
Source: rice.edu • 01-Aug-18
Education Department now taking applications for OER higher ed grants
Source: edscoop.com • 31-Jul-18
Senate Passes Perkins Higher Education Bill
Source: utahpolicy.com • 25-Jul-18
This press release says that the bill was passed, although Congress's site doesn't reflect any activity past its introduction.
Of specific interest here, is the addition of the following sentence in Section 124: State Leadership Activities: "(21) making all forms of instructional content widely available, which may include use of open educational resources." Similar wording was inserted in Section 134: Local Use of Funds.
Here’s how to get free textbooks (and possibly improve your grade) at USC
Source: thestate.com • 20-Jul-18
Curriculum Provider Loses Court Fight With FedEx Over Copying ‘Open’ Materials
Source: edweek.org • 17-Jul-18
This fight was about whether FedEx ran afoul of the CC license by providing photocopy services to school districts for profit. Great Minds (providers of Eureka Math) sued and lost on those grounds last year and now they have lost again on appeal. Great Minds is fighting with Office Depot in a similar case.
The Syllabus: Free textbooks!
Source: greensboro.com • 22-Jun-18
Open Education North Carolina aims to select 30 textbooks for a range of required college courses and provide support for educators adopting those resources. Press release here