Did you know that students at CBU spend on average $877.93 on textbooks a year?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Many universities have implemented Open Textbooks, which are high quality, peer reviewed textbooks, available for free, and have saved students millions of dollars.
A spreadsheet of classes offered at CBU and an associated Open Textbook, if available: OPEN THE SPREADSHEET
BC Campus: One of the largest portals for Open Textbooks in Canada. Find and use an open, peer reviewed textbook.
E-Campus Ontario: Open Educational Resources portal for Ontario
OpenStax: Peer-reviewed, open educational resources and texts from the USA
Open SUNY textbooks: Open textbooks from SUNY
Open Courseware from MIT: STEM related open textbooks from MIT
* Open textbooks are often digital, but can be printed for around 20 dollars per book, if a student prefers the paper version.
As Good or Better than Commercial Textbooks: Students’ Perceptions and Outcomes from Using Open Digital and Open Print Textbooks
Investigating the Perceptions, Use, and Impact of Open Textbooks: A survey of Post-Secondary Students in British Columbia
Assessing the Savings from Open Educational Resources on Student Academic Goals
What Canadian university students can expect to pay for books: (CBU is the 11th most expensive in Canada!)
#TextbookbrokeBC campaign finds students spend over $400,000 on textbooks
To combat soaring textbook costs, look to an open-source approach