Making higher education accessible to everyone is a big goal for us at CEHD. One of the ways we hope to reach that goal is by enhancing the affordability of textbooks.
The price of college textbooks has long been an issue for students. To combat this, we spearheaded the Open Textbook Library in 2012. The database has expanded to 184 titles and has become a valuable resource for students and faculty. The program’s success has garnered attention from the local media and is featured in today’s issue of the Star Tribune.[sc:empty-p]
The Open Textbook library is the first searchable online catalog that provides easy access to free digital versions or low-cost print copies of open textbooks, many of which are reviewed by faculty from participating Open Textbook Network institutions. Dave Ernst, who created the Open Textbook Library, wrote this brief description of the program in a previous blog post:
What are Open Textbooks?
Open textbooks are published under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to freely access texts without having to go through extra steps required to access traditional copyrighted material. The Open Academics textbook catalog addresses two major barriers to faculty adoption of open textbooks by:
- Making it easier for faculty to find open textbooks
- Providing opportunities for faculty to peer-review text to ensure high-quality content.
This catalog is the first and only tool of its kind that is hosted by a major research institution, further demonstrating CEHD’s role as a national leader in innovative technology in education.
For more information on CEHD’s Open Textbook Library and how it benefits students, click here for Dave’s full article.
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