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  • Open Academics Textbook Catalog Nicole Allen US Student PIRGs David ErnstUniversity of Minnesota
  • Open Textbooks Statement of Intent As faculty members, we affirm that it is our prerogative and responsibility toselect course materials that are pedagogically most appropriate for our classes.We also affirm that it is consistent with this principle to seek affordable andaccessible course materials for our classes whenever possible. This includes"open textbooks," which are offered online to students at no cost. Therefore,we the undersigned declare our intent to:•Seek and consider open textbooks and other open educational resources whenchoosing course materials.•Give preference to a low or no cost educational resource such as an opentextbook over an expensive textbook if it best fits the needs of a class.•Encourage institutions to develop support for the use of open textbooks andother open educational resources.Signed by more than 3,000 faculty from 800 colleges across all 50 states.http://studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks/faculty-statement
  • Faculty are supportive ofusing open textbooks.
  • Faculty are supportive ofusing open textbooks.But, before adopting opentextbooks, they had 2questions.
  • 1. Where do I find an opentextbook for my course?
  • 1. Where do I find an opentextbook for my course?2. How do I know the opentextbook is high-quality?
  • No answer = No adoptionsNo adoptions = No impact
  • WWPD?
  • WWPD?(what would the publishing industry do)
  • The answer to bothquestions is “in the opentextbook catalog”
  • The answer to bothquestions is “in the opentextbook catalog”Except it didn’t exist...
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  • Global NeedsLocal Needs
  • State Higher Education Funding - $/FTE$11,000$10,000 $9,000 $8,000 $7,000 $6,000 $5,000 -36% $4,000 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 State Higher Education Executive Officers - http://www.sheeo.org/
  • Tuition Revenue - $/FTE$8,000 +183%$7,000$6,000$5,000$4,000$3,000$2,000 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 State Higher Education Executive Officers - http://www.sheeo.org/
  • Barriers
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  • open.umn.edu
  • open.umn.edu
  • 6 months ~90 textbooks 116,000 pageviews33,000 visits open.umn.edu
  • International 150 Countries
  • International “This is a boon not only to students in the United States but also in other countries. There is so muchpotential world-wide that is not realized because of the lack of access to quality study material.” - Peter G. Raeth, Ph.D. University of Zimbabwe
  • Get Involved
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility• [insert your reason here]
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility• [insert your reason here]• Look good!
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility• [insert your reason here]• Look good!How to gain adoptions?
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility• [insert your reason here]• Look good!How to gain adoptions?• Share the catalog: open.umn.edu
  • Get InvolvedWhy adopt?• Reduce costs/Improve access• Flexibility• [insert your reason here]• Look good!How to gain adoptions?• Share the catalog: open.umn.edu• Incentivize faculty to reviewtextbooks
  • open.umn.eduNicole Allen - nicole@studentpirgs.org David Ernst - dernst@umn.edu