Open Textbooks at WVU
What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
When: Wednesday, September 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Who: David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, and Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network.
Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students
Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs for your students' academic success? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two-hour workshop led by members of the University of Michigan’s Open Textbook Network and writing a short textbook review. Qualifying participants will receive a $200 stipend for their efforts!
Did You Know...
- The high cost of some course materials can impede students' academic success.
- The College Board estimated that during the 2014–15 school year, the average undergraduate could expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks and supplies alone.
- The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
- Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
- 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.
Open Textbooks Can Help!
Using open textbooks in the classroom can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are complete and authentic, adopted by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.
About the Event
On September 7, 2016, WVU faculty are invited to attend the Open Textbook Workshop and Review— a two-hour session discussing the purpose and value of open textbooks, how other universities are benefiting from their use, the goals of the OTN, and they types of textbooks available to the different disciplines.
As part of the workshop, participants will be asked to select a textbook in their field from the Open Textbook Library and write a short review for the Library, which will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. In exchange for their time and written review, participants will receive a $200 stipend.
If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Martha Yancey, Chair of the WVU Libraries Open Educational Resources Committee, at 304-293-5039, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Open Textbook webpage for more information about our initiatives.
This workshop is sponsored by the West Virginia University Libraries.