Open and Low Cost Educational Resources event, 10/22

November 27, 2012

UNH IT Academic Technology and the UNH Library present an event on open and low cost educational resource options on October 22 at the Strafford Room in the MUB.

Outline of the day:
10:00 to 12:30 – Open House
12:45 to 2:00 – Vendor Panel discussion
2:00 to 3:30 – Open House/QA

You are welcome to come for any part of the Open House or Vendor Panel, even if you cannot stay for the entire duration.

Please RSVP at this site.

According to a College Board report, students at typical public, four-year universities spend almost $1200 per year on textbooks. As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, it puts a serious financial burden on students by taking a larger percentage of the overall cost of their education.

Several states have issued reports advocating alternative textbook models for students and faculty. Most recently, California became the first state in the nation to enact laws around the creation and distribution of free open digital textbooks.

With the rising interest in alternative models for textbooks and related course material, we are inviting several textbook vendors to the UNH Durham campus to present their offerings. These vendors have business models ranging from completely free downloadable books, to free ebooks supported by advertising, to existing commercial publishers that offer low cost ebook options of their print textbooks. In addition to the textbook, these vendors also provide supplementary material (e.g test banks, presentations etc.) to support faculty in course delivery.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the new and emerging issues in the textbook space and to get your questions about these new options answered.

Later in November, Academic Technology will be hosting another event titled 'Practical advice for creating eBooks'. We are hoping to have a couple of vendors present about their ebook authoring tools to help you plan any eBook development work you may be considering.

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