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What is an Open Textbook?

Open textbooks are freely available textbooks, written by educators seeking to improve the access and affordability of education.

Authors assign an “open license” that allows others to reuse, revise and/or remix it with other things. 

Why Adopt an Open Textbook?

Point #1: The high cost of textbooks negatively impact student success. 

 

Impact of Textbook Costs on Learning and Academic Choices

Students responded to the survey as follows: 47% take fewer courses, 45% don't register for a specific course, 26% drop a course, 21% withdraw from a course, 37% earn a poor grade because I couldn't afford to buy the textbook, 20% fail a course because I couldn't afford to buy the textbook, 66% don't purchase the required textbook

Source: 2016 Student Textbooks & Course Materials Survey, Florida Virtual Campus

 

Point #2: The adoption of open textbooks positively impacts student performance.

 

Students whose faculty chose OER generally performed as well or better than students whose faculty assigned a commercial textbook.

Fischer, Hilton III, Robinson & Wiley, 2015

Browse Open Collections

Textbooks

  • Open Textbook Library
  • Open Textbooks
  • Open Library
  • OpenEd: Find Open Textbooks
  • OpenStax

Academic Articles, Books and Theses

  • BASE
  • Digital Commons Network
  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EThOS: e-Theses Online Service
  • Knowledge Unlatched (KU)
  • OAIster
  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)

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