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 and then writing a short textbook review. You will received a $200 stipend for your efforts!
Did You Know…
- The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
- The College Board estimated that during the 2016-2017 school year, the average undergraduate could expect to pay $1170 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 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 authoritative, adopted by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.
What You Can Do
Attend the Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review – a two hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and a written review.
What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
Where: Downtown Campus Library, Room 104
When: March 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by WVU Librarians Hilary Fredette and Martha Yancey.
Please submit your application here by February 28th. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference is based on textbook subject availability.
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 Martha.Yancey@mail.wvu.edu. You can also visit the open textbook webpage for more information about our initiatives.
Attribution Sarah Cohen and David Ernst/CC BY 4.0