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 Shannon Kealey, Science Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.
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.
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 well-regarded, robust OER collections.
This video by David Blake is licensed under Creative Commons.