VCCS | New Horizons 2013 | Open TCC Textbook Zero ProjectPresentation Transcript
The First Zero Textbook CostCollege DegreeLinda Williams, Tidewater Community CollegeRichard Sebastian, Virginia Community College System
In the Fall of 2013, you can earn anA.S. in Business Administrationfrom Tidewater Community Collegewithout having to purchasea single textbook
“…students with lower levels of academic preparationexperienced significantly stronger negative coefficients foronline learning compared with their counterparts, in terms ofboth course persistence and course grade…These patternsalso suggest that performance gaps between keydemographic groups already observed in face-to-faceclassrooms (e.g., gaps between male and female students,and gaps between White and ethnic minority students) areexacerbated in online courses. This is troubling from anequity perspective: If this pattern holds true across otherstates and educational sectors, it would imply that thecontinued expansion of online learning couldstrengthen, rather than ameliorate, educational inequity.”http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/adaptability-to-online-learning.pdf
• Do we really need colleges anduniversities anymore?• What is a course? A semester?• What is the role of an instructor• What does the word “community”in community college mean?
Microsoft’s Vision of theFuture: 2019
A Domain of One’s OwnUniversity of Mary Washington
Over the last decade, the average cost of collegetextbooks has risen at four times the rate of inflation1For the 2011-2012 academic year, college students ata four year university will spend an average of over$1000 on books and supplies2.For the average community college student, the costof books can add up to about 72% of their collegetuition3.As many as seven in ten college students have reportedthat they avoided buying at least one textbook for classas a result of the exorbitant cost4, often as high as$200 per book.
The high cost oftextbooks has limitedstudents’ access tohigher education.College Board Report: Trends in College Pricing (2007)
The high cost oftextbooks has reducedstudents’ success inhigher education.College Board Report: Trends in College Pricing (2007)
Digital materials areNon-rivalrousResources
One digital copycan be endlessly copied, stored, and distributedfor FREE*
Open Educational ResourcesOpen educational resources (OER) areteaching, learning, and research resources thatreside in the public domain or have beenreleased under an intellectual property licensethat permits their free use and repurposing byothers.
Examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost ofacademic textbooksExplore how networked digital technology can best be leveraged to lower the overall costof textbooks, including using open educational resourcesInvestigate ways which currently licensed electronic resources can be used in electronic"course packs," as a substitute for text books, or for the supplementary material oftenrequired for a course of studyIdentify opportunities for interested VCCS faculty to explore using openly licensedresources in their coursesExamine the current relevance of printed textbooks in an age of interactive, web-basedcontent, digital publishing, and collaborative social networksRecommend strategies and policies for creating an institutional culture that embraces andpractices openness, transparency, collaboration, and sharing
Chancellor’s OER AdoptionGrant
OpenVA.orgOpen & Digital Learning Resources Conference
WHYSHARE?? WHYBE “OPEN”?
Pushing for Open Education Resources, Lower Textbook CostsDavid Wiley, BYUMirta Martin, Dean, VSUNicole Allen, StudentPIRGsJim Groom, UMWChancellor’s PlanningRetreat 2012