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Archive: 05/03/2018

UMass Amherst Students Reveal the Real Cost of High-Price Textbooks in Open Education Week Video

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In a new video for Open Education Week, March 5-9, 2018, current UMass Amherst students share their experiences with high-cost textbooks–what they do to avoid buying them and the burden they create on their financial lives.

In order to combat these rising costs, the video presents faculty use of Open Educational Resources (OER) as an alternative. These resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use and, under some licenses, to remix, improve, and redistribute.

Since 2011, the UMass Amherst Libraries have funded the creation of many such resources through the Open Education Initiative (OEI). Three of the UMass Amherst faculty members interviewed in the video, Anna Branch (Sociology), Brokk Toggerson (Physics), and Robert Maloy (Education), are recipients of OEI Grants and discuss their experiences using OER in the classroom.

The video was produced by Jeremy Smith ’94, Digital Projects Manager in Scholarly Communication and Communication Department Liaison, with the assistance of students Sam Appleman ’19 and Lucas Patenaude ’18.

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