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The Saylor Foundation Open Textbook Challenge

Posted 14 Sep 2011 by 

Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat)
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Any professor who has written a textbook knows that it’s usually more a labor of love than a profitable venture.

Yet the average college student at a four-year public school spends over

$1,000 on textbooks every year, according to the College Board. The Saylor Foundation believes these high costs are greatly impacting students’ access to education—with a reported 7 of 10 students who have avoided buying a textbook simply because of its cost.

So they’re offering $20,000 to professors and other textbook rights-holders, in exchange for setting certain textbooks free with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY) license.

The rest of us can get $250 just for posting a link to the challenge.

» Learn more about the Open Textbook Challenge

 

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nydiarra

Hum...that sounds like a good springboard for the development of Open Textbooks. Hopefully professors and other authors will seize the opportunity to increase college students access to textbooks.

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Cathy

My plan would make higher education learning free without the need for technology. Just share textbooks through the local public library.

www.opencourseware.ca

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Rebecca Fernandez is a Principal Employment Branding + Communications Specialist at Red Hat, a contributor to The Open Organization book, and the maintainer of the Open Decision Framework. She is interested in open source and the intersection of the open source way with business management models.

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