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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Open Textbooks Workshops

For faculty and instructors: 

Friday, Jan 25, 2019,10:00-11:30                        
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 10:30-12
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:30-4

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive $200 incidental pay for your efforts! 

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,220 - $1,420 for textbooks and supplies in 2017–18.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 7 out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. 

What You Can Do 

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — an hour and a half session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library to receive the $200. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. WMU is part of the Open Textbook Network

Registration for: 

Location: Swain Education Library, Western Michigan University, Groups Study Room D in Sangren Hall 
Contact Maira Bundza, Associate Professor, ScholarWorks Librarian, Waldo Library
Western Michigan University, 269-387-5207