Discussions about supporting socioeconomic diversity at WU seldom mention textbook prices, but I think this should be a small but relevant piece in the puzzle. Here are a few links that caught my eye this month:
-- Partial Credit: The 2015 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology There is much more to the survey but this quote caught my eye: “Administrators and faculty members overwhelmingly say textbooks and other course materials are too expensive, and that instructors should seriously consider costs when assigning readings.”
-- I often enjoy reading David Wiley's posts on his blog iterating toward openness. He definitely has an agenda since he is Founder and Chief Academic Officer at LUMEN. A couple of recent posts: Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER and The Real Threat of OER, which comments on College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For? (Huffington Post this month)
-- From Chronicle of Higher Education blog October 20: Professor Is Punished for Not Assigning Department Chair’s Textbook. An associate professor of mathematics at California State University at Fullerton is fighting the institution’s decision to discipline him for not assigning a textbook that was co-authored by his department chair, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra ($180). He chose less expensive ($76 and open access) alternatives. More comments from Inside Higher Education: Can a Professor Be Forced to Assign a $180 Textbook?.
-- Open Textbooks: Opportunities in transformative learning and student success, slide set from Sarah Cohen, Managing Director at Open Textbook Network, Oct. 20, 2015
-- WU libraries aggregates some information about this topic at libguides.wustl.edu/ebooks/opentextbooks.