September 11, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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?
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
In 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
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
August 23, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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: email@example.com