Don’t drop the course, drop the textbook.

The high cost of textbooks has nearly doubled since 2002. In addition to ever-increasing tuition fees and ballooning student loan debt, textbook costs are creating further obstacles fo student success in the classroom. In fact, a majority of BC post-secondary students report that they don’t buy their textbooks – this can have serious negative effects on learning outcomes.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are accessible, affordable and customizable. They increase access to knowledge and the quality of learning, both of which improve student success.

What are OERs?

OERs come in many forms: full courses, lesson plans, videos, games, textbooks and online simulations (just to name a few). These are available in digital formats for free or in print at a very low cost. The implementation of OERs in classes will save students from over-priced textbooks without sacrificing high-quality education.

In the past 5 years, open textbooks have saved students nearly $5 million; more funding will result in more materials and save students money one class at a time! All it takes to expand the program is a commitment from instructors and administration to make saving students money a priority.

Success at Douglas College

Douglas students have made our campaign a tremendous success. Out of all of the institutions in the province, Douglas College ranks second in OER adoption rates, collectively saving our students over $600,000 between 2012-2017!

The Douglas Students’ Union contributed to and supported the creation of the Douglas OER Grant for Douglas faculty members to create nw OERs for their courses – this was achieved in the Spring of 2018 with the first awards handed out to 5 faculty members in Summer 2018.

These examples of OERs are all used at Douglas College, free as digital copies and available in print format for only a fraction of the cost of a regular textbook!

Goals:

  • Save students money on textbooks by increasing adoption of OERs at Douglas College
  • Bust myths surrounding open educational resources and open education
  • Promote and support adoption of open textbooks and other materials among faculty
  • Support the efforts of the BC Federation of Students and BC Campus (BC’s provincial open textbook research organization)

Background

The high cost of textbooks is creating obstacles for students to be successful in classes. Since 2002, the cost of textbooks has nearly doubled. In fact, 26% of BC students choose to not register for a course due to textbook costs, which negatively impacts their academic career.

An alternative solution is the implementation of Open Education Resources (OER). OERs come in many forms: full courses, lesson plans, videos, exams, and textbooks. These are available in digital formats for free or in print at a very low cost. The implementation of OERs in classes will save students from over-priced textbooks without sacrificing high-quality education.

In the past 5 years, open textbooks have saved students more than $6 million; more funding will result in more materials and save students money one class at a time! All it takes to expand the program is a commitment from instructors and administration to make saving students money a priority.

Join the online provincial conversation on OERs by following #textbookbrokeBC, and posting online your experience with OERs. You can also tweet your textbook receipt using the hashtag #textbookbrokeBC to share how the rising costs of textbooks are affecting you.

Talk to an instructor you think would be interested in adopting open education resources, or point them to your institutions library for information on OERs. You can also contact your students’ union if you’re interested in talking to your instructors, but would like more support getting started.

Join us & take action to get more OERs at Douglas College!

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$3.26 Million for BC OERs!

On April 17, 2019, the BC government’s announced a funding infusion of $3.26 Million for the development of open education resources (OERs). This additional funding for BCcampus will enable the agency to create and enhance open resources such as textbooks, online assignments, and practice exams that will be available free for students and instructors at BC post-secondary institutions.

After years of advocating for more government investment into OERs to make post-secondary more affordable, we are celebrating this huge win! Congrats to all the champions of OERs!

Students have put their money where their mouth is: at the Federation’s July 2018 general meeting, student representatives from our 13 member students’ unions resolved unanimously to donate $30,000 to BCcampus for the expansion of OERs. This money will cover the cost of the creation of one brand new textbook and the cost of providing needed updates to at least three additional textbooks.