[Irtalk] Open Textbook Pilot Project | Open Access

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 15:31:43 SAST 2015

In April 2015, the University of Kansas Libraries launched a pilot project
promoting the use of open textbooks.  Open textbooks, and more broadly,
open educational resources (OERs) are scholarly content that is available
free online for instructors and students to share, use, reuse and build
upon, including formal materials like textbooks.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) reported
the price of traditionally published textbooks increased approximately 82
percent between 2003-2013 and that 65 percent of students choose not to
purchase textbooks because of the high price.   Adopting appropriate and
quality open textbooks can potentially save KU students hundreds of dollars
each semester.

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