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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

April 12, 2016
by Soledad Lencinas
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Online resources about OER and Open Access

Do you wish to learn more about Open Access? The book “Open Access” by Peter Suber offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the topic.

If you are thinking about using Open Educational Resources, you may wish to read “A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)” prepared by Neil Butcher for the Commonwealth of Learning & UNESCO. The guide answers frequently asked questions about OER and it provides information about OER open licenses, online resources, policies and more.

To learn about recent studies and reports supporting OER, you can visit our Open Educational Resources (OER) guide and view links to resources available from our “Why OER?” page.

Also, you may visit the Creative Commons website if you haven’t done so yet to learn about Creative Commons, projects, licenses and licensing your work.

March 29, 2016
by Soledad Lencinas
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Finding open textbooks

The use of open textbooks in the classroom can make a positive impact on students’ success as it enhances their access to course materials while reducing textbook expenses. A more widespread implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) is contributing to a rapid increase in the number of available materials. This makes adopting quality educational resources a viable option to teach courses in a variety of subject areas.

Open textbooks can be used, reused and shared; and, depending on their license, many of them may also be modified, allowing you to tailor their content to the specific needs of your course. The Open Textbooks page in our library’s OER subject guide provides links to open textbooks available in many subject areas including: Math, Economics, Marketing, History, Biology, Botany, English, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, Anthropology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Chemistry and Culinary Arts. Links to additional resources are regularly added to the guide but you may also let us know if you need help finding resources for a particular course.

March 30, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Are You Ready for Open?

Questions to ask yourself when considering Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Do you want to improve student success?
  • Do you want to reduce/eliminate course material costs for students?
  • Do you have the required computer and Internet skills?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are ready to start exploring the materials that are available in your subject.

OER-process-flowchart

 

Learn more at Go Open, Go Free Using Open Educational Resources @ Leeward CC

Start looking for open textbooks from our Open Educational Resources Guide

March 3, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro
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New Student PIRGS report on open textbooks

A recently released report by the Student PIRGS, “Open Textbooks:  The Billion Dollar Solution,” examines the potential savings for students when faculty move to open textbooks.  By analyzing five pilot projects around the country, the researchers determined that a student saves $128 when a course uses an open textbook instead of a traditional publisher’s textbook.  The institutions included in this study were UMass Amherst, Kansas State University, Tacoma Community College, University of Kansas, and University of Maryland.

The open textbook and open educational resources movement is gaining momentum around the country.  Outreach College is leading the initiative at UHM with over 50 “zero textbook cost” courses on the summer session schedule.  The Library and the EMC at Leeward are working with faculty in several divisions to identify quality OER and turn their courses into “zero textbook cost” courses.  See OER@Leeward for more info.

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