According to SCU's 2018 Campus Climate Study final report, 61.8% of student respondents said that books and course materials were a financial hardship--second only to tuition (65.6%). A direct response to issues of textbook affordability is the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. The University Library is interested in holding faculty focus groups, or perhaps even a Faculty Learning Community, to discuss issues of textbook and course material affordability. If you are interested in participating, please email Anna Yang, Science Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textbook costs have soared more than 800% since 1978, at more than four times the inflation rate. Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time in 2010. One study showed that 65% of students don’t buy textbooks due to the cost; other studies have recorded even higher percentages.
A growing solution to this problem of spiraling textbook costs is Open Educational Resources (OER): textbooks written and peer-reviewed by experts / academics and made available freely online. Often OER collections are the result of a foundation-sponsored initiative. Below are a few well-regarded OER collections:
In order for a resource to be considered open, users should be able to:
Retain - Make and own copies
Reuse - Use in a wide range of ways
Revise - Adapt or modify
Remix - Combine two or more OERs
Redistribute - Share with anyone
This is adapted from The 5 Rs of designing an OER course from eCampus News.
This video by David Blake is licensed under Creative Commons.