Monthly Archives: January 2017

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution -PIRGs Report

In 2015, the Student Public Interest Groups (Student PIRGs) published a report titled Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution, which reviewed data collected from five different college pilot programs which encouraged faculty to replace their traditional instructional materials with openly licensed educational resources (OER). This report also analyzed the potential of open textbooks and open licensing as an alternative to traditional copyrighted textbooks. Continue reading

Open Textbooks, Think OpenStax

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OpenStax the leader in the open textbook movement, was founded in 1999 Richard Baraniuk, an electrical engineering professor at Rice University. The open textbook publisher is funded by various philanthropic organizations, most notably the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill and & Melinda Gates Foundation, and 20MM Foundation among others.

OpenStax offers openly licensed textbooks for 23 of the 25 highest enrolled introductory college courses and it will soon release Astronomy, University Physics, Elementary Algebra, and Microbiology. All textbooks are peer reviewed and updated regularly as necessary. Click here for a complete list of OpenStax textbooks. Continue reading

The Most Expensive Textbooks by Major

Priceonomics analyzed textbook data using University of Virginia’s fall 2015 textbook list. The data analyzed included the cost of 5,000 textbooks for approximately 750 courses.

The findings showed the following top five disciplines as having the highest average textbook cost per class. Click here for the complete list of the top 31 disciplines with the highest average textbook costs. Continue reading