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The cost of college textbooks has grown to a point that virtually every campus is now seeking solutions.

A Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30-5 p.m., EUC Kirkland Room to explore the topic.

“Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources” is the forum’s title.

Nicole Allen, director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will speak, with a panel discussion to follow.

Provost Dana Dunn will provide the introduction.

While many colleges and universities like UNCG have successfully reduced the costs of textbooks through stop-gap measures such as rental programs, forum organizers say the greatest potential for permanently solving the problem lies in Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are academic materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, adapt, and share. Institutions across the country have begun to leverage OERs to reduce textbook costs, expand access to information, and enable faculty to better tailor materials to their courses.

This talk will provide an overview of the OER movement to date, including how to identify OERs, how they are created, and research showing the impact on students. It will also help frame the opportunity for UNCG to advance OER on campus.

More information about the topic is at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer.

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