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Free and Open Textbooks: Welcome!

Information for students about the Open Textbooks movement

Textbooks Don't Have to Be Expensive!

Open educational resources are materials for teaching and learning--like textbooks, lesson plans, question banks, workbooks--that are licensed under Creative Commons so that anyone can reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them freely.  The internet makes it easy to share information.  Instructors can adopt open textbooks and students can download them for free.  Explore the links on this LibGuide and learn how you can support the OER movement!

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How Do Expensive Textbooks Affect Learning?

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In 2016, Florida's State Distance Learning Commission surveyed 20,000 college and university students to find out how textbook costs were affecting their learning.  Here's what they found:

In your academic career, has the cost of required textbooks caused you to: 
66.6%: Not purchase the required textbook
47.6%: Take fewer courses
45.5%: Not register for a specific course
37.6%: Earn a poor grade
26.1%: Drop a course
19.8%: Fail a course

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Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Tina Ulrich and Joelle Hannert is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.