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Introduction to Open Textbooks - University of Saskatchewan

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These are the slides for the presentation that I gave at the U of S on March 7, 2016 as part of Open Education Week

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Introduction to Open Textbooks - University of Saskatchewan

  1. 1. Open Textbooks March 7, 2016
  2. 2. Overview • What’s the problem? • What are open textbooks? • Why should we integrate them at USask? • What’s already happening at USask? • What are the barriers? • How do we integrate them? • Now what?
  3. 3. Problem The U of S recommended budgeting: $1,000 - $2,000 / year for textbooks and course materials in 2014 – 2015 academic year
  4. 4. The Academic Impact • Purchase an older edition of the textbook • Delay purchasing the textbook • Never purchase the textbook
  5. 5. 63.6% Not purchase the required textbook 49.2% Take fewer courses 45.1% Not register for a specific course 33.9% Earn a poor grade 26.7% Drop a course 17.0% Fail a course In your academic career, has the cost of required textbooks caused you to: http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2012_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf
  6. 6. What are Open Textbooks? • Digital • Free • Instructor Written • Peer Reviewed • Adaptable*
  7. 7. Creative Commons
  8. 8. Where Does Funding Come From? • Universities • Foundations • Governments • Professional Organizations
  9. 9. Why Should We Integrate • Cost savings for students • Access for learners • Customization (revise & remix) • Efficiency • Community • Reputation
  10. 10. First Adoption We Knew About • Winter 2015 • Principles of Economics (OpenStax) • Agriculture and Bioresource • 270 students • Out of the box
  11. 11. Known Adoptions at USask • College of Agriculture and Bioresource • Edwards School of Business • Department of Chemistry • Department of History* • Department of Sociology • 2015 - 2016 academic year – 900+ students = $90,000+ savings
  12. 12. Edwards School of Business • Adoption for Fall 2015 • 360 students • Adapting Study Skills (Open Textbook Library)
  13. 13. Barriers • Knowing about open textbooks • Time o To find o To review o To update other course materials o To revise / remix book if needed • Technical assistance • Concerns about need for print • Recognition
  14. 14. Barriers – Some Solutions • Knowing – sessions like this one and word of mouth • Time o Assistance finding materials o Assistance with production o Funding for release time • Technical assistance • Concerns about need for print – print-on-demand • Recognition?
  15. 15. Integration • Find a resource – open.usask.ca • Review an open textbook • Talk with the GMCTE* about open resources and pedagogy • Talk with colleagues about collaboration • Think about: o Can I use this resource as is? o What would I need to / get to change about my course? o How much change can I do to start? o Who could I work with on this?
  16. 16. Support • GMCTE • Distance Education Unit • Library • Bookstore
  17. 17. open.usask.ca
  18. 18. Questions and Comments
  19. 19. Now What? • What’s your need? • Let’s have a look – open.usask.ca

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