Thursday, June 7, 2012
Board of Regents and Flat World Knowledge Announce Textbook Program Extension
Effective for the 2012 fall semester, the goal is to expand the use of affordable open textbooks among faculty and students, and provide administrators with valuable data about the impact of this new model on student retention and learning outcomes.
This spring, the 987 student participants in the pilot saved an estimated $121,000 in textbook costs; based on a savings of $122.95 per student, per course. They were provided with digital textbooks and study aids for such courses as introduction to business, financial accounting, and introduction to psychology. Flat World's content is openly licensed, which means the digital files don't expire and students are free to move their e-texts from device to device.
Hand in hand with the cost savings were positive survey results. A majority of student respondents (78 percent) said their open textbook was the same or more engaging than other textbooks they used. Steve Acker, research director of Ohio Digital Bookshelf for OhioLINK and the Ohio Board of Regents, will continue to lead and expand the research initiative.
A big advantage of the seat license model is that all students have access to their course materials on the first day of class. They can download the digital files onto any computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Print books are also available for students to purchase through their campus bookstore or on Flat World's website.
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