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RETFII | Textbook Costs & Digital Learning Resources Committee | Interim Report

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Presentation to the VCCS Reengineering Task Force on the TCDLR Interim Report. Richmond, VA Sept. 24th, 2013

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RETFII | Textbook Costs & Digital Learning Resources Committee | Interim Report

  1. 1. TEXTBOOK COSTS & DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCES
  2. 2. Task Force on College Textbooks JUNE 2004
  3. 3. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004 1. Faculty members receive education about the cost of textbooks. Particular attention is paid to those parts of the ordering process over which they have leverage and how this leverage can be used to help control costs. 2. Textbook adoption processes are formalized and include textbook cost as a consideration. 3. The same textbook is adopted for all sections of a given course within colleges and across multi-campus colleges. 4. Textbook adoptions are consistent across statewide or region-wide college groups. 5. Textbooks are adopted for a minimum of three years. 6. Academic divisions’ textbook orders are accurate and timely.
  4. 4. Task Force on College Textbooks: 2004 7. The College encourages faculty to adopt or develop alternatives to traditional textbooks for their classes. 8. The college provides students with alternative ways to pay for textbooks. 9. The bookstore provides a used textbook sales and purchase program that results in significant cost savings to a significant number of students. 10.There is a positive working relationship between bookstore personnel and college personnel. 11.Bookstores make use of less expensive sources for textbooks. 12.The bookstore utilizes alternative approaches of providing textbooks at lower cost to students.
  5. 5. $520-$1000 per semester
  6. 6. TEXTBOOK COSTS & DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCES WORKGROUP
  7. 7. 1. Examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost of academic textbooks 1. Explore how networked digital technology can best be leveraged to lower the overall cost of textbooks, including using open educational resources
  8. 8. 3. Investigate ways which currently licensed electronic resources can be used in electronic "course packs," as a substitute for text books, or for the supplementary material often required for a course of study 3. Identify opportunities for interested VCCS faculty to explore using openly licensed resources in their courses
  9. 9. 5. Examine the current relevance of printed textbooks in an age of interactive, web-based content, digital publishing, and collaborative social networks. 5. Recommend strategies and policies for creating an institutional culture that embraces and practices openness, transparency, collaboration, and sharing.
  10. 10. VISION Our vision is to provide every student with the opportunity to receive high quality instruction with supporting instructional resources that are cost-effective, most efficient for colleges, and supported by faculty.
  11. 11. SUBCOMMITTEES FINANCIAL AID BOOKSTORE CONTRACTS PUBLISHERS ACCESSIBILITY SURVEY MOOC
  12. 12. FINANCIAL AID • 34.7%, 100K+ students • Awards disbursed after 15% of term has passed
  13. 13. • Follett (9 colleges) • Barnes and Noble (4 colleges) • Nebraska Book Company (5 college • College-owned (5 colleges) BOOKSTORE CONTRACTS
  14. 14. TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS
  15. 15. TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS
  16. 16. Accessibility
  17. 17. Teaching & Learning
  18. 18. 2013 Horizon Report Less than a year • MOOCS • Tablet computing 2-3 years • Games & gamification • Learning Analytics
  19. 19. LIBRARY RESOURCES
  20. 20. LIBRARY RESOURCES PSY 200 pilot
  21. 21. Institutional & faculty culture“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” –Peter Drucker
  22. 22. OER Incentives Full-time 1. Grant funding 2. Release time 3. Additional education and training 4. Assistance from a peer group Part-time 1. Additional education and training, 2. Grant funding 3. Assistance from a peer group 4. Release time
  23. 23. Chancellor’s OER Adoption Fund 1. BIO 101 2. BIO102 3. BUS 100 4. CHM 111 5. CST 100 6. ENG 111 7. ENG 112 8. HIS 101 9. ITE 115 10.MTH 163 11.PSY 201 12.SDV 100
  24. 24. Tidewater Community College Open@TCC Z Courses Associate degree in Business Admin $0 Textbook Costs
  25. 25. NVCC’s OER General Education Certificate 1. ENG 111 2. ENG 112 3. ENG 125 4. MTH 151 5. PHY 201 6. PHY 202 7. HIS 121 8. HIS 122 9. ART 101 10. ART 102 11. HIS 262 12.SDV 100
  26. 26. RECOMMENDATIONS VCCS Presidential evaluations should be revised to include metrics for measuring the goal to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks and related course materials in at least 10% of all course sections offered each year, in each of the next ten years. Institutional & faculty culture
  27. 27. RECOMMENDATIONS Full-time faculty evaluations should include required criteria to “select high-quality learning resources, such as textbooks, bearing in mind appropriateness, necessity, accessibility, and reduced student costs”. Institutional & faculty culture
  28. 28. RECOMMENDATIONS Promote reduced student costs for textbooks and related instructional materials in new evaluation systems for part-time and administrative faculty. Institutional & faculty culture
  29. 29. RECOMMENDATIONS Individual colleges and the System Office should provide training, resources, and incentives for both full- and part-time faculty to identify, develop, and/or adopt open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Institutional & faculty culture
  30. 30. RECOMMENDATIONS Encourage colleges to develop a request for proposals (RFP) for potential vendors to provide system-wide bookstore services. College Bookstore Contracts
  31. 31. RECOMMENDATIONS Conduct periodic data collection to determine student satisfaction and student success related to acquisition, cost and use of required course materials over the next five years. College Bookstore Contracts
  32. 32. RECOMMENDATIONS Investigate the use of inexpensive print- on-demand services to offer VCCS students the option of printing high- quality copies of any digital-only course materials College Bookstore Contracts
  33. 33. RECOMMENDATIONS Pursue opportunities to collaborate with publishers to design strategies to reduce course materials costs in selected target courses. Textbook Publishers
  34. 34. RECOMMENDATIONS Investigate and consider the feasibility of introducing legislation to require publishers to warehouse digital versions of any adopted textbooks. Textbook Publishers
  35. 35. RECOMMENDATIONS Identify college practices relative to the disbursement of financial aid that hinder a student’s ability to acquire required course materials before the first day of class, remedy them to the greatest extent possible, and develop best practices for use by all colleges. Financial Aid
  36. 36. RECOMMENDATIONS Pursue opportunities to provide additional flexibility in how students can creatively access their financial aid to obtain lower costs for required course materials. Financial Aid
  37. 37. RECOMMENDATIONS Provide incentives and resources to identify and package licensed library resources into course packs for high enrollment courses that can be freely used as primary or supplementary course materials by any VCCS faculty. Library Resources
  38. 38. RECOMMENDATIONS Provide incentives and resources to identify and package licensed library resources into course packs for high enrollment courses that can be freely used as primary or supplementary course materials by any VCCS faculty. Library Resources
  39. 39. RECOMMENDATIONS Use LibGuides to quickly customize and “brand” access to a set of particular e- resources, whether library, open access, or other. Library Resources
  40. 40. RECOMMENDATIONS Conduct a survey to determine the extent to which recommendations of the 2004 Task Force on College Textbooks continue to be implemented. Other Recommendations
  41. 41. RECOMMENDATIONS Pursue the feasibility of establishing a flat textbook fee. Other Recommendations
  42. 42. RECOMMENDATIONS Explore the use of alternative technologies to provide students access to low cost required course materials (i.e., use of tablets pre-loaded with required e-books). Other Recommendations
  43. 43. Thanks! Questions?

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