Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students
Are you a UA instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a 90-minute workshop (with a free lunch) and by writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!
Did You Know...
- Textbooks and supplies are projected at $800 a year for undergraduates and $1,200 a year for graduate students in the UA’s 2016-17 Estimated Cost of Attendance.
- The UA BookStores do everything they can to keep textbook costs low for students, but textbook prices nationally are rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
- The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
- Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
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 full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.
What Faculty Can Do
Apply to attend the 90-minute Open Textbook Workshop on Oct. 21, which will cover:
- What makes a textbook “open”
- Where to find open textbooks in your field
- Best practices for integrating open textbooks into your course and D2L site
- Tips for editing open textbooks
- A tool for creating your own open textbook
Open Textbook Workshop
When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (free lunch is included)
Where: Main Library, A313/A314
After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your workshop participation and written review.
To participate in the workshop, submit a quick online application by Friday, Sept. 30. Workshop capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.
If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Cheryl Cuillier, the University Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Coordinator, at (520) 310-9874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit http://oer.arizona.edu for more information about the UA’s open education initiatives.
This workshop is sponsored by the University Libraries.