Sorry to have been away for a while. It is a combination of having a kidney transplant and finishing a new book about my son's death and the aftermath of that. I will be back blogging soon. Here is an article tha
Thirty-eight community colleges
will take part in a new effort that involves replacing commercial
textbooks with free educational materials. The
open-educational-resources project, which is being coordinated by
Achieving the Dream, a network for community-college reform, is expected
to bring the free materials to at least 76,000 students in the next
Proponents of open resources say that the use of the materials could
save students as much as $1,300 in textbook costs per year, or about
one-third of the expense of a typical associate degree. Some advocates
even consider open resources “a social-justice issue,”
contending that the use of such materials can be especially valuable to
low-income students, who sometimes don’t buy textbooks at all because
of their cost.
The new effort is backed by grants totaling $9.8 million from several foundations, and is likely to give another boost to the growing movement for open educational resources, or OER.