Open Textbooks, Think OpenStax


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.

Also in the near future OpenStax plans on creating adaptive learning courseware.

With the exception of Calculus (open license but non-customizable), all OpenStax textbooks have the Creative Commons CC-BY license which allows anyone including faculty to customize each textbook.

The impact that OpenStax has had on higher education is impressive.

Students that have used OpenStax: 1.6 million

Money saved for students: $155 million

Money saved for students in the 2016 – 2017 academic year: $77 million (updated 9/16)

Schools that have used OpenStax: 2,668 schools – 517 are two-year colleges, 835 four-year colleges and universities, and 344 colleges and universities outside of the U.S.

The top three educational systems that have saved the most money for students with OpenStax open textbooks:

No. 1
University System of Georgia
35,942 students

No. 2
California State University System
21,655 students

No. 3
Florida College System
19,689 students

Source: Open Stax

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