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Textbooks On Course Reserves: Affordability

Textbook Affordability Program (TAP)

How faculty can help with the textbook affordability problem?

We know that concerns about textbook affordability in higher education is not limited to library staff and faculty. As an instructor or faculty member, there are a number of things you can do to help alleviate this problem for students.

  • Ensure that all required materials are used significantly in the course and would not be better classified as optional.
  • Use Course Reserves in the library for course materials so that students can share these resources without each having to purchase them individually.
  • If a new edition of your preferred textbook is published, scan the new item to determine what content has changed.
    • If a minimal amount of content is different from the previous edition, consider including an article to read that would cover the new information.
    • This would allow students to continue using the previous, less expensive edition without losing out on new knowledge.
  • The Library has many books, eBooks, articles, databases, and videos that are purchased for your use in teaching. Contact your subject librarian to work with them on identifying already purchased resources for your teaching.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are peer-reviewed, scholarly materials created by faculty at institutions of higher education and then offered to their peers for use for free.

Understanding OER in 10 videos

Go to this video playlist on YouTube or watch all 10 videos straight through below.  

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