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Open Textbook Workshop offered May 19

The Open Textbook Workshop is again being offered on Friday, May 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. This is an ONLINE only workshop.

Help Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

Are you a faculty member 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 (apply here) 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 budget $1,200 – $1,300 for textbooks and supplies in 2016–17. [1]

– The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 3 times inflation. [2]

– Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost. [3; Page 10]

– 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

(See a critical reflection here: // )

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 1.5-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 from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review. (Please note: there is currently a short waitlist for stipends)

What: Open Textbook Workshop (Let’s talk about course materials: Open textbooks)

Where: Online!

When: Friday, May 19, 2017  10-11:30 a.m.

Who: Led by Anita Walz, University Libraries, and Heather Blicher, Virginia Community College System.

Take 5 minutes to apply at . The number of stipends is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability. Please try to apply by May 8th! Register for NLI credit.

If you have questions about this workshop, open textbooks, or Open Educational Resources, please contact Anita Walz, the Open Educational, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Librarian, at 540-231-2204 or You can also visit // for more information about our open education initiatives.