MODELS FOR OPEN COURSE MATERIALS Nicole Allen The Student PIRGs SETDA Leadership Summit November 8, 2010
Background
Textbooks cost $900 per year for the average student Source: Student PIRGs, GAO
<ul><li>Textbooks cost… </li></ul><ul><li>26%   of tuition @ public 4-years </li></ul><ul><li>72%   of tuition @ comm. Col...
Bad publisher practices inflate costs for students. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 250% 200% 150% 100% 50% 0% 1989  19...
Normal Market (School) (State) Textbook Market Producer Consumer Publisher Professor Students
<ul><li>www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks </li></ul>The campaign: •  Expose bad practices through research •  Advocate f...
Open Textbooks
Online: Free Print: $26.98 •  Table of contents, chapters, exercises •  Written by experts •  Edited and reviewed to be hi...
Online: Free Print: $19.95 •  Available free online to everyone •  Downloadable and printable at cost •  Hard copies cost$...
Online: Free Print: $19.95 •  Open license •  Instructors can customize by adding, editing or removing. •  Update faster a...
•  Open textbooks reduce costs by 80% average. •  Accommodate the preferences of all students. New Student PIRG study:
Savings from switching to open textbooks. $10,114 $75,000 401(k)  after 40 years $20,115 Down Payment On First Home $24,57...
Textbooks are only the beginning…
Models
•  Personal motivation •  Sabbatical projects or grant funding •  Count toward faculty tenure? Individual authors Robert B...
•  Work with other institutions or states with similar needs. •  Two ideas: split up the work or pool resources. Consortia...
•  Hewlett, Soros, Gates... •  Grants to existing projects.   •  Request proposals for specific books. Charitable Grants C...
•  Redirect existing funds (NSF, FIPSE). •  Invest new funds (state and federal). Gov ’t Funding WA state project to creat...
•  Lots  of room for improvement over traditional model. •  Two ideas: sell ancillary products or licensing fees. Publishe...
•  Are your textbooks up to date? Are they perfect for your state needs? •  How many Geometry textbooks do we really need?...
MODELS FOR OPEN COURSE MATERIALS Nicole Allen The Student PIRGs (401) 484-8104 •  [email_address] www.studentpirgs.org/ope...
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    1. 1. MODELS FOR OPEN COURSE MATERIALS Nicole Allen The Student PIRGs SETDA Leadership Summit November 8, 2010
    2. 2. Background
    3. 3. Textbooks cost $900 per year for the average student Source: Student PIRGs, GAO
    4. 4. <ul><li>Textbooks cost… </li></ul><ul><li>26% of tuition @ public 4-years </li></ul><ul><li>72% of tuition @ comm. Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Source: GAO </li></ul>Textbooks cost HOW much???
    5. 5. Bad publisher practices inflate costs for students. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 250% 200% 150% 100% 50% 0% 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 Textbook Prices Textbooks Inflation
    6. 6. Normal Market (School) (State) Textbook Market Producer Consumer Publisher Professor Students
    7. 7. <ul><li>www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks </li></ul>The campaign: • Expose bad practices through research • Advocate for solutions like open textbooks •  Organize students to spread the word
    8. 8. Open Textbooks
    9. 9. Online: Free Print: $26.98 • Table of contents, chapters, exercises • Written by experts •  Edited and reviewed to be high-quality 1. Like regular textbooks:
    10. 10. Online: Free Print: $19.95 • Available free online to everyone • Downloadable and printable at cost • Hard copies cost$20-30 2. Except affordable:
    11. 11. Online: Free Print: $19.95 • Open license • Instructors can customize by adding, editing or removing. • Update faster and only when needed 3. And flexible:
    12. 12. • Open textbooks reduce costs by 80% average. • Accommodate the preferences of all students. New Student PIRG study:
    13. 13. Savings from switching to open textbooks. $10,114 $75,000 401(k) after 40 years $20,115 Down Payment On First Home $24,575 4 Years Tuition At Iowa State 401(k) Economics 90 Students Calculus 150 Students Physics 185 Students
    14. 14. Textbooks are only the beginning…
    15. 15. Models
    16. 16. • Personal motivation • Sabbatical projects or grant funding • Count toward faculty tenure? Individual authors Robert Beezer “ The world doesn’t need another linear algebra book. It needs a free one.” linear.ups.edu
    17. 17. • Work with other institutions or states with similar needs. • Two ideas: split up the work or pool resources. Consortia Community College Consortium for OER More than 200 colleges working to review, create and promote OER. oerconsortium.org
    18. 18. • Hewlett, Soros, Gates... • Grants to existing projects. • Request proposals for specific books. Charitable Grants Customizable “flex books” that meet state standards. “ It simply makes more sense.” ck12.org
    19. 19. • Redirect existing funds (NSF, FIPSE). • Invest new funds (state and federal). Gov ’t Funding WA state project to create a library of 81 open courses. “ The return on our investment is going to be extraordinary.”
    20. 20. • Lots of room for improvement over traditional model. • Two ideas: sell ancillary products or licensing fees. Publishers Commercial open textbook publisher Revenue (including royalties) from selling optional print copies, study aids. flatworldknowledge.com
    21. 21. • Are your textbooks up to date? Are they perfect for your state needs? • How many Geometry textbooks do we really need? • It costs $250,000 to $1 million to create a textbook – how much is your state budget? 50 states? Things to think about:
    22. 22. MODELS FOR OPEN COURSE MATERIALS Nicole Allen The Student PIRGs (401) 484-8104 • [email_address] www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks
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