Articles

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 OER works...

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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 charges.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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