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Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending an hour and a half 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 expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks and supplies in 2014–15.

●     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 percent of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

(Source for bulleted information: the Open Textbook Network.)

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 two-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. 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 and Textbook Review
Where: 216 Jackson Library
When: Friday, September 9, from 2-4 p.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by Rajvi Jhangiani (Psychology Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada) and Merinda McLure (Health and Human Sciences Librarian at Colorado State University Libraries).

Take 5 minutes http://tinyurl.com/gw94hhk, by August 26, 2016. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg or 336-256-1210. You can also visit the https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ for more information about our open education initiatives.

This workshop is sponsored by The UNCG University Libraries.

(See related story is next week’s CW.)

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