But students likely aren’t spending this because they’re just not buying.
It’s not just cost, relevance is another issue.
Again, it’s not just about the cost.
Fall 2014 - Teaching and learning centre puts up a poster from BCcampus and one instructors makes first adoption after seeing it:
Approached School of Business Mentioned an open book to the associate dean and she said mention it to others, but did we know of a book for a course she was co-teaching Met with her to explain open textbooks and what she could do with the one we found 360 students in Fall 2015 Adapting as they go along with goal to produce a final sharable product
Introduction to Open Textbooks - University of Saskatchewan
March 7, 2016
• 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?
The U of S recommended budgeting:
$1,000 - $2,000 / year
for textbooks and course materials in 2014 – 2015
The Academic Impact
• Purchase an older edition of the textbook
• Delay purchasing the textbook
• Never purchase the textbook
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:
What are Open
• Instructor Written
• Peer Reviewed
Where Does Funding
• Professional Organizations
Why Should We Integrate
• Cost savings for students
• Access for learners
• Customization (revise & remix)
First Adoption We Knew
• Winter 2015
• Principles of Economics (OpenStax)
• Agriculture and Bioresource
• 270 students
• Out of the box
Known Adoptions at
• 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+
Edwards School of
• Adoption for Fall 2015
• 360 students
• Adapting Study Skills (Open Textbook Library)
• Knowing about open textbooks
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
Barriers – Some Solutions
• Knowing – sessions like this one and word of mouth
o Assistance finding materials
o Assistance with production
o Funding for release time
• Technical assistance
• Concerns about need for print – print-on-demand
• Find a resource – open.usask.ca
• Review an open textbook
• Talk with the GMCTE* about open resources and
• 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?
• Distance Education Unit