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October 16, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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UHCC OER Initiative, OpenEd 17, OpenStax Business, UH OpenStax Adoptions

UHCC System OER Initiative

Vice-President John Morton is providing $140,000 in FY 2018 to support OER initiatives across the UHCC system. Each campus will receive $15,000-$20,000 for OER awareness, conference travel (see below), faculty training, and other support costs. A portion of the funding will go towards supporting capacity building and collaboration across the system. Coordinating this initiative are Wayde Oshiro, Sunyeen “Sunny” Pai (Kapiolani), and Leanne Riseley.

Open Education 2017

The annual Open Education conference was held in Anaheim, CA on October 11-13. Nearly 800 teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators attended the three-day conference focusing on all things related to OER, open education, and open practice. Many sessions focused on the “Z-degree” initiatives at colleges, college systems, and states that are already implemented or are in development.  A Z-degree provides a complete pathway to graduation with zero textbook costs.

The UH System was represented by 10 faculty and staff representing librarians, instructors, and instructional designers from UH Manoa and 5 UHCC campuses (Honolulu, Kapiolani, Leeward, Maui, and Windward). Two conference sessions shared the progress of UH System OER initiatives.

Collaboration and Contrast: How University of Hawaii Librarians Collaborate to Promote OER Across Contrasting Campuses and Cultures

Empowering Faculty and Staff to Use OER at the University of Hawai’i

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University of Hawaii attendees at OpenEd 17 in Anaheim, CA

Conference attendance for UHCC attendees was supported by the UHCC OER Initiative funds from Vice-President John Morton.


UH OpenStax Textbook Adoptions

OpenStax textbooks have been adopted by faculty across the UH System. View a list of faculty-reported adoptions* of OpenStax textbooks to see which titles on each campus are being used in teaching.

OpenStax Adoptions Titles- All UH Campuses

*These are adoptions as reported to OpenStax by individual faculty members.


OpenStax Business Series in Development

OpenStax, the premier publisher of peer-reviewed open textbooks, is beginning the development of business titles and they are actively seeking faculty partners.

Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director, Institutional Relations shared the news recently:

OpenStax is in the beginning stages of developing a business series (expected publication in 2019)!
All OpenStax, Rice University OER texts are expert-written, peer-reviewed, match standard scope and sequence, and meet the same quality standards as traditional publisher texts. Currently, our texts are used in over 10% of introductory courses in the U.S. (per 2016 Babson Survey). 
Faculty who author/contribute/peer-review the texts receive compensation (the contact below can provide details).
Can you please forward this to your faculty? 
I’ve also included some details below on some upcoming webinars we are hosting.
I hope you all have a good day!
Nicole
Author/Reviewer needs
Please ask faculty to reach-out to the contact listed for each book vs. emailing me. 
Principles of Accounting
Contributing Authors (chapter writers, feature writers)
Reviewers (core, expert, generalist, accuracy verification)
Art Consultant
Contact: Alisha McCarthy, amccarthy@wisewire.com
 
Entrepreneurship
Contributing Authors (chapter writers)
Reviewers (core, expert, generalist)
Contact: Alisha McCarthy, amccarthy@wisewire.com
 
Business Ethics
Contributing Authors (chapter writers)
Reviewers (expert, generalist)
Contact: Alisha McCarthy, amccarthy@wisewire.com

 

Principles of Management
Chapter Reviewers 
Instructor’s Manual author
Contact: Michael Roche, Editor, m.roche@sixredmarbles.com
 
Introduction to Business
Chapter Reviewers
Test bank, Instructor’s manual author
Contact: Michael Roche, Editor, m.roche@sixredmarbles.com
 
Organizational Behavior
Chapter Authors
Chapter Reviewers
Test bank, Instructor’s manual author
Contact: Michael Roche, Editor, m.roche@sixredmarbles.com
 
Webinars
Business Statistics webinar
With author Alexander Holmes, University of Oklahoma
Developmental Math (Prealgebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra) webinar
With author Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College

OpenStax and OER, a quick overview webinar
Short, general webinar about OpenStax and OER

September 23, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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An Economic Argument for Economics OER

The following was originally published on the UH OER blog on September 5, 2017,

This guest post was written by John Lynham, grant recipient and project lead developing OER for the ECON 130 microeconomics undergraduate course at UHM.

One of the questions I sometimes ask students in my introductory Principles of Microeconomics class is “Why are textbooks so expensive compared to other books?”. Part of the reason is that the market for textbooks is not like the market for other books: the person who chooses the book isn’t actually the person who pays for it. Most of the time, when you want to buy a new book you go to a bookstore (or online), choose the book that you want and then pay for it. But with textbooks, the professor chooses the book and then the students in the class have to go out and pay for it. This creates a disconnect between the person demanding the book and the person actually paying for it. In economics jargon: demand is “inelastic” or less responsive to changes in price. If the price of a textbook goes up by 10% many professors might not even notice since they never have to buy the book themselves. In addition, for some reason I can never figure out, the Instructors’ Edition of the textbook that professors receive for free never lists the price of the book on the back…

It shouldn’t be too surprising then that textbook prices increased 300% from 1986 to 2004 but the prices of most other goods only increased 80%. One of the most popular textbooks for the class I teach has a list price of $249.95! You can buy a new hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Amazon for $16.16. I know which one I would prefer to read! In response to the exorbitant cost of textbooks, I started using a free Creative Commons (CC) licensed OpenStax textbook a few years ago. It’s a very good book, my students really like it, and I always encourage other faculty members to adopt it.

Click here to read the entire post.

September 11, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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$tudents $ave with OER & Textbook Cost: $0

" "Leeward continues to lead the system with OER and zero-textbook cost courses this Fall.

Total student enrollment in the 289 Textbook Cost: $0 courses is 5,371. Ninety-two instructors are teaching Textbook Cost: $0 courses this semester. Direct cost savings to students for Fall 2017 is $512,630. Average savings per enrolled student is $95.

Since 2014, Leeward faculty making the leap from commercial textbooks to OER and zero-cost have saved students an estimated $1,627,749!

Hats off to Leeward faculty for making the tough decision to opt out of the commercial textbook marketplace. Not only have you saved your students $$$, but your actions are having a direct impact on the for-profit textbook publishers and their heretofore unchallenged pricing strategies. This has led to lower price inflation in the textbook market. Competition is a good thing.

For many of you, the time and effort spent converting to OER were not inconsequential. However, your hard work has resulted in great benefits for both you and your students, including:

  • Freedom from high costs. OER is zero-cost to students.
  • No mandated edition changes. OER gives you full control over the content.
  • Materials are customizable according to your specific teaching needs. OER is openly-licensed for you to use.
  • No restrictions on access. OER is available to all students from day one and beyond. No time limits.

Want to learn more?

Textbook Cost: $0 infographic showing Fall 2017 figures: 289 Textbook Cost: $0 courses; 5300+ enrollment; 27% of total courses at Leeward are Textbook Cost: $0. Breakdown of courses by division. Leading divisions with OER courses are Social Sciences, Language Arts, Arts & Humanities & Math & Sciences

View this infographic online at https://magic.piktochart.com/output/24165646-textbook-cost-0-fall-2017-copy

9/12/17: Infographic updated to use the correct name for the Business division.

December 14, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Online Course Reserves Project

Cover for "Blue revolution: unmaking America's water crisisIn Fall 2016 the library initiated a new resource acquisition model with the purchase of selected course readings in electronic format and making them available to students at no cost. This new library initiative is in support of the UHCC strategic goal to implement OER to replace most textbooks by 2021.

The project started by identifying the books students were required to purchase for their classes. The process involved scanning the bookstore’s Fall 2016 Textbook List and selecting the non-textbook course readings.

  • Why did we ignore traditional textbooks? Libraries cannot purchase textbooks as e-books with campus-wide electronic access or share the access codes.

The 80 non-textbook titles were then searched for by library staff in our Voyager library catalog. We discovered 6 titles which were already available electronically in one of our existing e-book collections. We informed faculty of the immediate availability of these titles.

The next step was to check our e-book vendors to identify titles we could purchase. At the same time, we started a new e-book service called Overdrive partly in support of this project. We identified 18 titles that we could purchase as e-books. The majority of the publishers did not provide an option for unlimited user access (our ideal) so we were left to purchase individual copies of each title. In the end, we purchased a total of 18 titles (or 53 copies) for $1,685.

  • But the title is available in the Kindle store. Why can’t the library just purchase a copy? Yes, titles may be available in one of several e-book stores for individual purchase but it wouldn’t work for the library. Individual purchases are tied to a single user account and access cannot be shared. We must purchase e-books which can be made available to all authenticated Leeward users. Overdrive is our e-book platform that supports both the Kindle format and UH user authentication.  However, Overdrive focuses on non-academic titles so we cannot rely on it exclusively.

As you can see, this was not a straightforward process nor is every single title available as an e-book. Even the titles we could purchase limited access to 3-5 concurrent users or had a one copy/one user restriction. These are publisher imposed limits. The Online Course Reserves project is only a partial solution to the problem of student access to course materials.

We plan to continue this project into the new year.  If you would like the library to purchase an e-book to support your course, please submit your request using the online Course Reserves Purchase Request Form.  If the e-book is available, we will purchase up to 5 copies and let you know when they are available to your students.

To order print titles use our Book/ Periodical/ AV Purchase Request Form.

September 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Textbook Prices Up 88 Percent

Textbook costs continue to rise faster than overall college costs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.

The student cost for an Open Educational Resources textbook?  $0

An interactive graph is available at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/college-tuition-and-fees-increase-63-percent-since-january-2006.htm

Bureau of Labor statistics chart showing 88 percent increase in college textbook costs since 2006

August 23, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Electronic Versions of Select Course Materials Available

The Library is making a concerted effort to purchase online access to course materials in line with campus efforts to make education more affordable for our students.  To view a list of available titles go to our website at www.leeward.hawaii.edu/library and select the About Course Reserves button, or click here.

The availability of online versions of titles depends on the publishers so we are unable to purchase all published titles. Online access for commercial textbooks is excluded from this service.  The traditional textbook business model relies on individual student purchases of textbooks and libraries are generally unable to purchase e-book versions for campus-wide access.  For textbooks, use our existing Course Reserves service for print materials.  Click here for more info.

When an e-book version of your title is available, unlimited access can be purchased (if it’s an option) so all students can use the book concurrently.  When unlimited access is NOT available, multiple copies will be purchased, however, providing enough online copies for ALL students to use concurrently is NOT possible. When multiple copies are purchased, the situation will be akin to our print course reserves model in which a handful of copies is available on a first come, first serve basis, but with online access.

The purchased e-books on the Course Reserves list were taken from this semester’s bookstore list.  We will also purchase additional titles upon request so please contact me to do so. Email:  waydeo@hawaii.edu

 

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