Date(s) - Thursday April 26
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TCU Campus Store, Room 208
Do your students dislike paying high prices for textbooks? Do you have students who try to “get by” with not buying a textbook? Do you notice a drop in student performance in classes that require expensive textbooks? Let Librarian Jeff Bond introduce you to the world of Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs are high-quality, freely-available online course materials such as textbooks, homework assignments, handouts, or other items. Hundreds of textbooks and other materials are currently available for instructors to use and/or modify, created by authors at other universities.
The average yearly student expenditure on textbooks and supplies in the US is now over $1,200. A recent survey showed that college students who enroll in courses with free textbooks have a higher rate of completion in those courses, and earn higher grades than their peers in classes with traditional textbooks. Adoptions of even a few OERs at TCU could lead to improved student performance and would significantly reduce the high burden of student textbook costs. In this Teaching and Learning Conversation, we will explore sources of OERs online and how you can adopt them. We will talk about what other colleges and universities are doing in relation to OERs, and discuss how you could build a free online textbook.