Open Textbooks in Higher Education

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Amid the concerns about the costs of higher education are escalating textbook prices. According to the Census Bureau, the costs of college textbooks have risen 88% from January 2006 to July 2016. To alleviate students’ financial burdens, some educators have switched to library resources and/or openly licensed materials (open educational resources, OER) in place of traditional textbooks. In addition to being free of charge to students, OER allow instructors to customize the content to suit their pedagogical needs and provide students with up-to-date information on the subject.

Instructors at the University of Kentucky interested in exploring OER for their courses are welcome to contact Adrian Ho for consultation. Additionally, you can find useful information from this guide.

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HOURS for October 23, 2020