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Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a one hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,220 - $1,420 for textbooks and supplies in 2017–18.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop— a one-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: Open Textbook Workshop

Where: Randall Library (RL1045)

When: March 21, 2018, 12:00 -1:00 pm

Who: The workshop will be led by Ashley Knox, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Beth Thompson, Digital Formats and Metadata Librarian.

Registration closed. This workshop filled up in record time on the first day! Please email Ashley Knox (knoxa [at] if you are interested in us holding another workshop like this in the library!

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Ashley Knox, at 910-962-7996 or knoxa [at]

This workshop is sponsored by The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

Find out more information on the Open Educational Resources Guide.

Event/Exhibit Information
March 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Technology Enhanced Collaboration Space Adjacent, RL1045