5/02/2010

Webinar: IN SEARCH OF AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS: HOW OPEN-ACCESS CAN REDUCE COSTS

Recording / Archive

Slides:

Open Textbooks - A Step Toward Affordability

Open Textbooks: The Student Perspective

College Open Textbooks: Collaborative & Business Models


Flat World Knowledge: Open Textbooks by Expert Authors

Connexions: Create Globally, Educate Locally

Webinar: IN SEARCH OF AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS: HOW OPEN-ACCESS CAN REDUCE COSTS

When: Wednesday, May 12th, 10:00 AM (Pacific) / 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Where: Elluminate
Cost: $0

Why: Textbook prices cost the average student $900 per year, and prices have risen four times the rate of inflation in the last two decades.  Students, faculty and colleges all share frustration with the skyrocketing cost of textbooks, but what can be done?

What: This webinar will explore open-access textbooks, an increasingly popular solution that can help reduce costs dramatically. Open textbooks are textbooks offered free online, affordable in print, and licensed to be more flexible for students and faculty.  Although open texts aren't yet available for every course, they are rapidly gaining momentum in the marketplace. Join this presentation to hear more about open textbooks, where to find them, and how you can help get them into students' hands.

Join us to learn:
       What open textbooks are and how much they can save.
       Why textbook costs are out of control.
       How open textbooks are created and maintained.
       Where to find open textbooks for your course.
       One professor's perspective on using an open textbook.

Speakers:
       Nicole Allen, Director of the Student PIRGs' Make Textbooks Affordable campaign
       Jacky Hood, Project Director for College Open Textbooks
       Andrea Abergel, CALPIRG Textbook Campaign Coordinator & student at UC-Davis
       Dr. Vic Reiner, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota
       Eric Frank, President and Co-Founder of Flat World Knowledge

Host:
       Dr. Cable Green, Director of eLearning & Open Education
o    Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

This session will be recorded and made available under a CC BY license.

1 comment:

Amir Winer said...

Hi,
Unfortunately, I was not able to join in to the live webinar but have enjoyed very much the recordings. The presentations were to the point, crystal clear and very concise.
I would like to suggest a follow up webinar that would investigate the reasons for the failure of e-textbooks at academic institutions (at present) given that most students own a laptop or other portable readers.
Many thanks
Amir

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