Making Textbooks Affordable and Accessible
Making Education Affordable and Accessible with Open Education Resources
What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? OER are educational resources that have been released under a Creative Commons copyright license and include textbooks and many other resources.
OER are proming for many reasons, from saving current and future Butler students money on textbooks to guaranting immediate access to quality educational materials on a perminate basis. OER have the potential to transform the way Butler educates our students. The open educational movement is contstantly changing and continues to grow. Butler is proud to work with our faculty and students to develop and deploy resources as a leader in OER in our region.
Real Student Resources, Real Savings
With already high and rising costs, college textbooks have become a financial burden for most students, with many students reporting that sometimes they forego buying them all together to save money or even skip meals to afford books. According to Follett, an education technology company, textbook prices have gone up more than 800 percent since 1978. In a 2018 study by Cengage, a global education and technology company, 43 percent of current and former students said they have skipped meals to afford books and 31 percent said they take fewer classes to cut down on textbook costs. At Butler, OER charges vary by course, but are substantially less than textbooks.
For Butler students enrolled in English Composition I and II classes, the OER textbooks are homegrown. With the new Butler-authored English OER textbooks, offered for the first time during the 2018-19 academic year, each student in the Comp I and II classes saw their textbook tab for each class drop from $240 to just $40. Given the number of students who have taken Comp I and Comp II since the change, there have been over half a million dollars in savings.
While that is significant, it is just the beggining.
See the Impact
Open Textbooks at Butler
Open textbooks offer peer-reviewed open texts that are reviewed, created or curated by Butler Community College faculty. Additional resources are constantly being developed.