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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

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →

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

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