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Mathieu Plourde

McGraw-Hill to Merge With Rival Textbook Publisher - 0 views

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    "McGraw-Hill and Cengage plan to merge in a deal that would create the second-largest provider of college textbooks and other higher-education materials in the country."
Mathieu Plourde

Why are textbooks so expensive? - 0 views

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    "Publishers claim that new technologies, like digital textbooks and Netflix-style subscription services, make textbooks more affordable for all. But affordability advocates say that if anyone is to blame for the fact that textbook costs have risen more than 1,000 percent since the 1970s, it's the publishers - and, advocates claim, these new technologies are publishers' attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the industry while disguising it as reform."
Mathieu Plourde

The "Textbooks" Misnomer - 0 views

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    "these days when we say "textbook" we seldom mean textbook. We mean course materials. As the Vox article makes clear, the book is not always (not usually?) the hideously expensive part of the deal - the online access codes and other ancillary materials are. Certainly, there are amazingly expensive books out there that get assigned in classes (I hear law books are hundreds of dollars, I know some economics books are, some science books, etc. Even in Literature, a relatively inexpensive field, big anthologies can be pricey). But often - and maybe even usually - when we complain about the cost of books, we're complaining about the cost of supplemental media, password-protected websites, and other items that may include text but are certainly not books. The term "Open Educational Resources" recognizes this. It's a strange habit of language that has kept us from parallelism, though: What OERs oppose is not textbooks, but CERs, Closed Educational Resources."
Mathieu Plourde

VitalSource Acquires Data Platform Acrobatiq, Dramatically Expanding Analytics and Adap... - 0 views

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    ""We welcome Acrobatiq's team to the VitalSource family," said Pep Carrera, President of VitalSource®. "VitalSource already does more than just deliver learning materials.  We empower students and faculty with the resources necessary to promote greater success. By combining Acrobatiq's cognitive and data science-based platform with VitalSource's valued relationships with publishers and institutions, we have an opportunity to bring high impact learning to the market at an unprecedented scale."  "
Mathieu Plourde

Leveraging Technology to Create Social Readers | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

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    "Using annotation tools that leverage 21st-century technology to bring social reading back to its traditional roots, instructors can help their students develop critical thinking, digital literacy, and collaboration skills."
Mathieu Plourde

The villain cheating students and faculty - 0 views

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    "Students are unknowingly ensnared in The Maze when they first stop into the college bookstore to collect required books prior to the start of classes. They may be shell-shocked by the prices, but feel they have no alternative but to purchase the materials."
Mathieu Plourde

A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook - 0 views

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    "students using the openly licensed material were able to more efficiently internalize and remember the information conveyed. Students also rated the quality of the print version of the OER higher than the commercial equivalent, although the digital version received a lower ranking. The authors acknowledge that "the open textbook (in its first edition) and the commercial textbook (in its tenth) are written by different authors with differences in the breadth and depth of content coverage, organization, and writing style" and that a text's quality leans on several other factors besides the nature of its copyright."
Mathieu Plourde

Top Hat Tips HigherEd Content Marketplace - 0 views

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    ""We want to bring the HigherEd course experience into the modern era," said Silagadze. "The go-to-market strategy is direct to professor and student pay model." Once they've gained a foothold on a campus they quickly expand to other departments and course with strong support from inside sales."
Mathieu Plourde

Home - zyBooks - 0 views

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    "Replace your STEM textbook with an affordable, interactive zyBook proven to inspire success and save time."
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panOpen | The Ecosystem for Open Educational Resouces - 0 views

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    We're an open education platform providing the highest-quality, peer-reviewed resources at a fraction of the cost of commercial textbooks.
Mathieu Plourde

Literature on open textbooks: COUP - You're the Teacher - 0 views

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    "This table is based on the "COUP" framework explained by the Open Education Group (with whom I have an OER Research Fellowship at the moment): Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions. See here for an explanation of each element of this framework as it relates to research on open textbooks and other Open Educational Resources."
Mathieu Plourde

NACS: Research: Higher Ed Retail Market Facts & Figures - 1 views

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    "The following graph for average textbook prices is based on data obtained in the annual financial survey of college stores. The most recent data for "average price" was based on the sale of 5.5 million new books and 3.0 million used books sold in 142 U.S. college stores, obtained in the Independent College Stores Financial Survey 2014-15. "
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Open Textbook Network - 0 views

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    "The Open Textbook Network (OTN) promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks."
Mathieu Plourde

SUNY Project to Expand Access to Open Educational Resources - 0 views

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    "The launch of SUNY OER Services should make high-quality educational resources more accessible and affordable to more students in the New York state higher education system."
Mathieu Plourde

US perceptions of the e-text landscape: part 3 - 0 views

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    "While eTextbook use is increasingly common, the reasons appear logistical (lower cost and convenience) rather than for pedagogical. The pedagogical side cannot be ignored. Publishers and providers of digital content need to increase the interactivity of the content in order to go beyond simple digital facsimiles of print versions. Additionally, instructors need to select eTextbooks with high quality features, as well as model the use of the eTextbook to show how to read and study effectively from the digital resource."
Mathieu Plourde

US perceptions of the e-text landscape: part 2 - 0 views

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    "We met with the most obvious first: the textbook managers at the campus bookstore, where only 1% of book sales were in digital form. We received a demonstration of the digital platform and are now doing informal testing. This led to the creation of a Digital Course Materials page, to share the university's materials ordering policy, information about the digital platform, and textbook alternatives."
Mathieu Plourde

US perceptions of the e-text landscape - 0 views

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    "Over half of American college students have used an eTextbook in their studies, but only around 3% of textbook sales in the United States are digital. Institutional adoption of eTextbooks is low in the United States, as only 5% are broadly deploying them. Adoption in the United States is typically limited to pilots or individual faculty."
Mathieu Plourde

Learning Registry | sharing what we know - 1 views

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    "The learning registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting and sharing data about learning resources available online with the goal of making it easier for educators and students to access the rich content available in our ever-expanding digital universe."
Mathieu Plourde

GOING DIGITAL: Faculty Pespectives on Digital and OER Course Materials - 0 views

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    "Although the movement in course materials in colleges and universities is clearly from print towards digital, the survey data suggest it will be a slow process. Asked when they thought the majority of their course materials would be primarily digital, fully a fourth of the surveyed faculty indicated "never," while another 9 percent said by fall 2022, and 17 percent indicated by fall 2020. In contrast, fully a sixth (16 percent) reported that majority of their current course materials were digital as of fall 2015, and a third (34 percent) anticipated primarily digital course materials by fall 2018. "
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