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Meet the Entrepreneur Who Wants To Shrink, Not Grow, His Market 

Meet the Entrepreneur Who Wants To Shrink, Not Grow, His Market  | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Course materials like textbooks can amount to 25 percent of the cost of college for millions of students enrolled at community colleges and other higher ed settings. Why the high costs, and what can be done about it?
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Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content #edtech #highered #OER 

Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content #edtech #highered #OER  | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Penn State University Libraries is joining the Open Textbook Network to help support Penn State faculty’s use of and students’ availability to free, openly licensed academic course content.

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The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks | University Affairs

The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks | University Affairs | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
The movement is also aiming to reimagine and democratize learning technologies.
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Open Now: The USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide

Open Now: The USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
By Jordan Epp, Instructional Designer, Distance Education Unit (DEU) The adoption and adaptation of open textbooks at the U of S has been an organic process up until this past year, with faculty and departments independently making use of open … Continue...
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Hey, I want to write an open textbook. What do I need to know? Read this guide!
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Poland’s Grand Experiment in Open-Source Education

Poland’s Grand Experiment in Open-Source Education | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
The country is revolutionizing its education system with free online textbooks that can be adapted, translated, and altered by teachers and students.
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Partial Credit: The 2015 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed

Partial Credit: The 2015 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
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93% of faculty think the price of textbooks is too high

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Manitoba to make online textbooks free | Metro News

Manitoba to make online textbooks free | Metro News | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Manitoba to make online textbooks free
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A Majority Of Students Say The Textbooks Are Too Damn Expensive

A Majority Of Students Say The Textbooks Are Too Damn Expensive | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
The cost of college textbooks extends far beyond the bookstore, with students factoring in textbook expenses when they decide about everything from classwork to course loads, according to a report rel
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In Students' Minds, Textbooks Are Increasingly Optional Purchases

College students wait to see just how required the course materials are, two industry surveys show.
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"Students say, We see the materials as recommendations rather than requirements

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AMS pushing for more open textbooks this month - The Ubyssey

AMS pushing for more open textbooks this month - The Ubyssey | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
This July, the AMS is going "full steam ahead" in terms of advocating for open textbooks, according to VP Academic Jenna Omassi.
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The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble - AEI

The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble - AEI | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
A new milestone must have been established recently – we’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook, see graphic above showing the top 15 most expensive textbooks at the University of Michigan-Flint based on a new unpublished report by Matthew Wolverton, an electronic resource [...]
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In Students' Minds, Textbooks Are Increasingly Optional Purchases

In Students' Minds, Textbooks Are Increasingly Optional Purchases | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
College students are waiting to see just how required the course materials are, two industry surveys show.
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Free textbooks coming to some UH summer courses: Syllabi for 80 courses will include no-cost textbooks

Free textbooks coming to some UH summer courses: Syllabi for 80 courses will include no-cost textbooks | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
A new UH initiative may save students as much as $240,000 annually by coordinating free textbooks for 80 summer courses.
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BYU researchers find free textbooks are just as effective as costly ones

BYU researchers find free textbooks are just as effective as costly ones | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
In a result that will make college students rejoice, a group of researchers at Brigham Young University have found that a free textbook is just as effective as an expensive
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Open, The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science

Open, The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Affordable education. Transparent science. Accessible scholarship. These ideals are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. Running separate—if parallel—courses, they all share a philosophy of equity, progress, and justice. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement.
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Edited by Dr. Rajiv Jianghiani w/ contributions from BCcampus ED Mary Burgess on the BC Open Textbook Project
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Includes a chapter written by the OER Hub team
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The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- Campus Technology

The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- Campus Technology | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
We've collected an updated roster of resources that offer quality learning content without the high price tag of traditional texts.
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Great list and good place to send those new to open textbooks to find out more about them
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Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

Research suggests 60 per cent of B.C. students have skipped purchasing a textbook because of cost.
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Open source textbooks not flunking out

Open source textbooks not flunking out | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Finally, a bit of good news on the college costs front: A study by Brigham Young University and Michigan State University researchers finds that free open source textbooks do the job pretty darn well.
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"85% of students and instructors said open textbooks were actually better than the commercial ones"

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Province of Manitoba | News Releases | New Program Will Make Free Online Textbooks Available to Manitoba Post-Secondary Students: Minister Allum

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Could 'open textbooks' be the answer to reducing student costs? - NEWS 1130

Could 'open textbooks' be the answer to reducing student costs? - NEWS 1130 | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
So far nearly 100 titles have been adapted for free online use, thanks to the Open Textbook Project, which was launched three years ago.
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Are College Students Buying Required Textbooks? 75% in US Say No

Are College Students Buying Required Textbooks? 75% in US Say No | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Bookboon.com surveyed college students in the United States, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, and found 75% in the US didn't buy required textbooks.
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Bookbook so yeah.....

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Fighting Big Textbook: How students are trying to save money as prices keep going up

Fighting Big Textbook: How students are trying to save money as prices keep going up | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
While publishers raise prices and come up with inventive techniques that keep students buying textbooks, the amount they are spending on course materials is falling
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Adopting an Open Psychology Textbook at Chemeketa | openoregon.org

Adopting an Open Psychology Textbook at Chemeketa | openoregon.org | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
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College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977

College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977 | Open Textbooks | Scoop.it
Students hitting the college bookstore this fall will get a stark lesson in economics even before they've cracked open their first chapter.
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