OER general sites
Allen, I. E. & Seaman, J. (2016). Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16. Babson Survey Research Group http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/openingthetextbook2016.pdf
• [see summary of its findings here from Chronicle of Higher Ed.]
Christie, A., Pollitz, J. H., & Middleton, C. (2009). Student strategies for coping with textbook costs and the role of library course reserves. Portal: Libraries and the academy, 9(4), 491-510.
Crissinger, Sarah. 2015. A Critical take on OER practices: Interrogating commercialization, colonialism, and content. In the Library With the Lead Pipe http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/a-critical-take-on-oer-practices-interrogating-commercialization-colonialism-and-content/
Kelly, Rhea. (2014). Research: Two-thirds of faculty unaware of open education resources. Campus Technology, October 29. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/29/two-thirds-of-faculty-unaware-of-open-education-resources.aspx
Lyons, C. (2014). Library roles with textbook affordability. Against the Grain, 26(5), 1+.
Perry, M. (2012). The college textbook bubble and how the “open educational resources” movement is going up against the textbook cartel. American Enterprise Institute.
Petrides, L., Jimes, C., Middleton‐Detzner, C., Walling, J., & Weiss, S. (2011). Open textbook adoption and use: Implications for teachers and learners. Open Learning, 26(1): 39-49. [link to full text of journal article for Le Moyne College community only]
Pending: Affordable College Textbook Act
The Affordable College Textbook Act (originally proposed in 2013) was re-introduced in October 2015, would establish a grant program to lease open textbooks to students.
Fact sheet & bill & advocacy from SPARC: http://sparcopen.org/our-work/2016-act-bill/
as reported by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs
- College textbook prices have increased by 82% in the past ten years, aka 3x the rate of inflation
- Though alternatives to the new print edition textbooks exist, the costs of these alternatives (such as rental programs, used book markets and e-textbooks) are still dictated by publishers who re-issue editions every few years
- On average students spend $1,200 a year on textbooks which = 14% of tuition at a four-year, public college; 39% of tuition at community college
- 65% of students choose not to buy a college textbook because it’s too expensive
- 94% report that they suffer academically because of this choice
- 48% say they altered which classes they took based on textbook costs, either taking fewer classes or different classes