Oct 6th, 2016
Making the Transition to OER
Making the transition to OER seems daunting. It's a big change to go from everything
in a hardback book available at the college bookstore to something almost
intangible, found on a mobile device. It's difficult to wrap our minds around how
Jun 21st, 2016
The Dark Side of Textbook Rental
For many college students, renting textbooks is a more economical approach than buying the
book at a much higher price. Rental is for a semester and, much like a library, requires the
student to take good care of the textbook and to return it on time to avoid any additional
Apr 5th, 2016
The Big Deal About Open Educational Resources
Several years ago I attended a conference and learned about the "flipped classroom." The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model that reverses the typical lecture in class and homework at home standard most of us experienced throughout our education.
Jan 31st, 2016
Why is the higher ed textbook industry still alive?
An investigation for why the college textbook ecosystem continues to defy death.
In the last 10 years, major content-related industries have been disturbed by disruptive improvements. Netflix brought down Blockbuster, and it is now chiseling away at the movie, cable programming, and production industry. What Netflix did to the movie industry, the iPod and iTunes did to the music industry.
Dec 15th, 2015
Mission Critical: Change the Textbook Marketplace
In August 2015, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 1,041% increase in the
cost of college textbooks between January 1977 and June 2015. Many experts have
theorized textbook prices are a reflection of the market. Similar to the pharmaceutical
industry where drug companies market to doctors, who write prescriptions, but it's
patients and insurance companies who end up paying for the drugs.
Nov 10th, 2015
The Cost of Being a College Student
Through our own experience or the second-hand experience we hear from loved ones, we know
it's not cheap to be a college student. First and foremost, to go to college is no easy task.
According to the College Board Trends in College Pricing report, the average cost of tuition and
fees for the 2015-2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at
public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.