You’re invited to learn about Open Textbooks at WVU
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 receive 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 2019-2020 school year, the average undergraduate could expect to pay $1,240.00 for textbooks 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.
- Right now during the pandemic OER can provide access to learning materials and eliminate roadblocks to student success.
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 adopting open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and a written review.
What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
Where: Virtual Meeting
When: March 4, 2021 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 Thursday, February 26, 2021. 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 educational resources initiatives webpage - https://library.wvu.edu/about/oer/initiatives - for more information.
Attribution Sarah Cohen and David Ernst/CC BY 4.0