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Wednesday, October 17 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Open Textbooks And Solving The College Cost Crisis

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The average U.S. college student spends more than $1,000 per year on textbooks, which can rival the cost of tuition at some institutions.  As textbook prices continue to soar more than quadruple the rate of inflation, the inefficient and anti-consumer practices of the traditional publishing industry only make matters worse.

Open textbooks and other OER have tremendous potential as a solution to this problem.  With today's rapidly changing student preferences, open textbooks could revolutionize the way textbooks are bought and sold - the full text is offered free online, low-cost hard copies can be sold in the bookstore, and a wide range of print and digital formats are available online.  Open textbooks also give instructors more tools to shape students' learning environment, acting as an important gateway to more extensive use of OER.

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Nicole Allen

Hi! I'm Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC and part of the Organizing Committee of OpenCon 2016. My day job is leading SPARC's work on Open Education, including advocating for U.S. federal and state policy, supporting on-campus efforts to advance OER through academic libraries, and international advocacy for open education through the Open Government Partnership. I also help out with organizing OpenCon by coordinating the application and review process, and logistics for attendees. I've been working to advance open education since I graduated university about ten years ago (even before), and have a background in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.


Wednesday October 17, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm

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