Libraries to Host Workshop Focused on Reducing Textbook Costs | Electronic News

WVU Libraries will host a Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review March 10 at 10 a.m. that will help instructors explore possible open textbook solutions to address the rising cost of textbooks.

According to Open Education Networka group studying how the high cost of course materials hinders student academic success.

Open textbooks can help ease the textbook cost burden on students and provide professors with content that can be customized for their courses. Open Textbooks are comprehensive and authoritative, embraced by many teachers across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

Open educational resources have provided access to learning materials and removed barriers for students during the pandemic.

“Remember that students may experience greater than usual financial stress if they are unable to work due to the coronavirus,” said Martha Yancey, chair of the Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Committee. “You may want to consider investing your time in trying resources and tools that will continue to be free for you and your students after the crisis is over.”

The one-hour virtual session will help instructors learn more about open textbooks available in their field and how to incorporate them into their curriculum. WVU librarians Hilary Fredette, Jing Qiu and Yancey will lead the workshop.

After the workshop, you will have the opportunity to write a short critique of an open textbook, which will benefit other teachers considering adopting open textbooks. A stipend of $200 will be given for participation and a written evaluation.

Complete an application before March 1. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference is based on availability of textbook materials.

Contact Yancey at 304-293-5039 or [email protected] with questions or visit the Open Textbooks webpage.

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