But students likely aren’t spending this because they’re just not buying.
It’s not just cost, relevance is another issue.
I’ll come back to this idea
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
BCcampus pays for reviews. Also, speak with librarians or if you’re working with any of the instructional designers at DEU.
Using and Adapting Open Textbooks
Heather M. Ross
University of Saskatchewan
August 24, 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?
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015
Rate of Inflation 308%
Textbook price increases 1,041%
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
• Minor to major changes
• Combine with existing materials
• Replace expensive commercial texts
• Funding from:
o Governments (SK, AB, BC)
o Foundations (Hewlett, Gates)
o Institutions (including “in-kind”)
• Students, other educators, and public
• Open websites
• Teach the topic
• Frequently in teams
• Students may contribute*
• Reviews posted openly in repositories
• Anyone in discipline can review
• Reviews taken into consideration for future editions
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)
As of 2016-2017
• Adoptions – Agriculture & Bioresource, Arts & Science,
ESB, Nursing, WCVM, JSGS
• Approximately 1,750 students = $185,000
• Total since 2014-2015 = approx. $300,000
• Open textbooks in production
o 2nd Year Biology
o Engineering Economics
o 2 in Geography & Planning*
• Find a resource – open.usask.ca
• Review an open textbook
• Talk with GMCTE about open resources and open
• 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?
• Find a resource
• Ancillary resources:
1. Are there existing ancillary resources?
2. Do you need to adapt / add to existing resources?
3. Do you need to create new resources?
• Let me know!
• Let the bookstore know.
• Find a resource
1. Big or small changes?
3. Who can / should you work with?
4. What about ancillary resources?
• Let me know!
• Alternative to “throw away” assignments
• Use OER to allow student collaboration
• Students as creators / adaptors
• Textbooks, Wikipedia, other OER
• Distance Education Unit
• Media Production
• What’s your need?
• Let’s have a look – open.usask.ca
Questions and Comments
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