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UK Open Textbooks Impact (October 2018)

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This handout is an overview of the impact, outcomes and recommendations of the UK Open Textbook project: http://ukopentextbooks.org @UKOpenTextbooks

It was created to accompany the OpenEd18 presentation Open Textbooks beyond the US: Results of the UK Open Textbook Project Pilot on 11 October 2018.

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UK Open Textbooks Impact (October 2018)

  1. 1. Collaborating to raise awareness of open textbooks 1 year pilot project | Funded by The Hewlett Foundation UK OPEN TEXTBOOKS "We are currently all writing module descriptors for our new course validation and guess what? They all have Open Access Texts in the reading lists!" (Workshop Participant, Senior Lecturer, Staffordshire) IntroducingOpen Textbooks Replicating OpenStax exhibition and promotion methods and the Open Textbook Network workshop format to test applicability in the UK context during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Assessing interest in the use of open textbooks at Higher Education level. Focused on STEM subjects. 14 workshops held at 8 institutions 116 participants from UK & Irish Universities inc. 43 in academic roles A third of participants completed an incentivised review All 13 academic reviewers reported they will or might adopt an open textbook UK Higher Education courses often have reading lists rather than be based around one or two textbooks. There are substantial differences in UK regional contexts and policies, including student tuition fee costs. Currently students studying in England will graduate with an average of �50,800 debt (Institute of Fiscal Studies, 2017)
  2. 2. ukopentextbooks.org @UKOpenTextbooks This work was created by the UK Open Textbook project in October 2018 and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. "I'm going to try to edit the books together to make them more relevant for my course, and then send them off to the reprographics department in my college and get them printed there. I can also potentially make them digitally available to the students." (FE Lecturer participating in ASE 2018) 7 events across the UK inc. librarian conferences and FE/Secondary school events. 85 verified signups to receive more information about OpenStax 9 known adoptions (as at March 2018) Showcasing OpenStax National level research into student experiences and what impacts, if any, textbook cost is having on their studies. More research on how textbooks are being used by educators in different regions, with different funding and tuition costs, is required. Potential for developing open textbooks for specialised subjects or in languages such as Welsh. Need to develop informed country specific arguments for open textbooks (access, customisable content and institutional savings rather than student savings, for example). Recommendations Although subject dependent, the National Union of Students calculated that on average students should budget to spend �1070 per annum on books and materials (NUS, 2010) 81% of UK students think that textbooks should be provided for free by their institution (NUS & CourseSmart Survey, 2012) During the 2014-5 academic year, students spent a mean of �572 on books and equipment in their first year, falling to �465 in year 2 and �490 in year 3 (Student Income & Expenditure Survey, 2018)

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