Washtenaw Community College saves students $2.7M with textbook alternatives
Source: mlive.com • 22-Feb-18
East Tennessee State University Joins the OTN
Source: easttennessean.com • 18-Feb-18
Bunker Hill Community College is looking for someone to lead its OER program
Source: interviewexchange.com • 15-Feb-18
Here's how California campuses are fixing the problem of pricey college textbooks
Source: scpr.org • 15-Feb-18
Macmillan Learning Intros Curated OER Course Materials
Source: campustechnology.com • 14-Feb-18
I'm surprised at the price point. $14.99 (per student, per course) is lower than I would have expected coming from an old-guard publisher. Then again, Macmillan is a runner-up in the education space and don't have a lot to lose.
Overall, this has to be a good thing in that it raises awareness of open educational materials.
Barnes & Noble, McGraw-Hill expand textbook distribution initiatives
Source: educationdive.com • 09-Feb-18
This Education Dive article mentions that a Barnes and Noble Education partnership with McGraw-Hill might help drive OER awareness. I'm not sure that the author isn't just conflating Open Educational Materials with Inclusive Access. The actual press release makes no mention of OER. It's just an announcement that Barnes and Noble Education will be selling McGraw-Hill products via Inclusive Access programs.
Inclusive access is the questionable practice of charging every student for course materials at the time of registration. Presumably this allows publishers and universities to offer said materials at a lower price, but it also flips the textbook transaction from opt-in to opt-out, which works out very nicely for the publishers.
Making Knowledge an Open Book with No-Cost Educational Resources
Source: therivardreport.com • 13-Feb-18
Commentary by the dean of libraries at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
WVU partners with state legislature to introduce legislation focused on open textbooks
Source: wboy.com • 09-Feb-18
OER reaches ‘inflection point,’ and states are leading the charge
Source: edscoop.com • 02-Feb-18
CALPIRG at UCLA members discuss free alternatives to textbooks
Source: dailybruin.com • 29-Jan-18
Hancock College launches Zero Textbook Cost program
Source: lompocrecord.com • 01-Feb-18
Another community college is jumping on board. This one in Lompoc, California. The school hopes to have 1000 students graduate through the Zero Cost program in the first 3 years. That would be an admirable showing for a small-market college.
Open Textbooks Reach a Milestone
Source: castanet.net • 30-Jan-18
OER math curriculum from Open Up Resources aces a big test
Source: edscoop.com • 25-Jan-18
Thomas College Plans to Eliminate Textbooks for Some of its Courses
Source: mainepublic.org • 31-Jan-18
Student Public Interest Research Groups Releases Study on Textbook Prices
Source: studentpirgs.org • 28-Jan-18
Student PIRGS has gotten some traction with this report, which concludes that bundled access codes are contributing to the high cost of textbooks. It's been noticed by a number of news outlets: CBS Moneywatch, Denver's ABC News affiliate, The Atlantic. Too many to list really. It seems like a well-coordinated press effort to get the word out.
If OER is a subject you follow, then this won't seem like such a revelation to you. Access codes are an obvious and rather shameful strategy by publishers to keep students captive to their ecosystem, and to preserve the pricing power of that system.
Open Oregon Educational Resources Releases 2-year Progress Report
Source: openoregon.org • 17-Jan-18
Open Oregon Educational Resources has measured their progress over the last 2 years in terms of cost savings for students and shows some very promising results. It's a long-ish report, so here is edscoop's TLDR version
if you don't have the time.
Pearson hit again as weak U.S. demand weighs on education group
Source: reuters.com • 17-Jan-18
A couple of interesting items in this report. Their education retail partners are becoming cautious in their book orders. I can't help but wonder if that's related to the increasing trend of students just choosing to go without, which would make it pretty difficult to forecast sales
Sales of higher education course materials are down 3 percent. Chief Executive John Fallon said they expect higher ed courseware to decline until the end of 2019 and then stabilize and grow again.
Free textbooks initiative aims for Texas state legislature
Source: txstate.edu • 20-Jan-18
Math, CS lead in adopting open education resources at UBC
Source: ubc.ca • 19-Jan-18
From the University of British Columbia, where the number of students impacted by what it refers to as "open textbook displacements" is up 21 percent from 2016, and total student savings is up 20 to 25 percent. Nevertheless they are also reporting that students spent 30% more on textbooks.
Feds Searching for Partner to Support Open Educational Resources Project
Source: edweek.org • 16-Jan-18
Open Education Awards for Excellence
Source: oeconsortium.org • 17-Jan-18
The OER Consortium is accepting nominations for awards to be presented at the Open Education Global Conference in April in the Netherlands for individuals or projects making contributions to the Open Education community.
Call for nominations ends January 22, so get on it!
Registration is open for Florida Virtual Campus's Open Educational Resources Summit
Source: flvc.org • 09-Jan-18
February 7-8 in Miramar Beach. This event was rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Irma.
University of Delaware Library Joins the Open Textbook Network
Source: udel.edu • 05-Jan-18
Opening Up for Student Success
Source: nbherard.com • 08-Jan-18
Lyryx releases another free textbook: Linear Algebra with Applications by W. Keith Nicholson, a book that has previously been published by McGraw-Hill Education.
This is the first I've heard of Lyryx. I'm curious about how an they went about freeing a textbook from a traditional publisher.
New zero-cost textbook classes minimize educational barriers
Source: pcccourier.com • 08-Jan-18
Beginning in the Winter 2018 semester, Pasadena City College will begin offering a number of OER-only courses. The online course schedule will also enable searching for classes on the zero-cost criteria, which should help to raise awareness among all students of the existence of Open Educational Resources.
This was first announced in May of last year.
If you find yourself looking for the Public Interest Research Group study mentioned in the article, I think this (pdf) is it.
Video: In Pennsylvania, OER is a 'grassroots effort'
Source: edscoop.com • 03-Jan-18