As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, an increasing number of educators and students are looking at open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) as an option. This section includes links to open textbook libraries and OER repositories.
There have been two open textbooks created and adapted at the U of S already, and four more are in production. As they are completed, you can find them in our open textbook library. You can also see the list of all open textbooks being used at the U of S at this time.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, at least 2,700 students in six colleges and schools at the U of S are using open textbooks instead of commercial textbooks, saving them approximately $270,000. Students have saved more than $400,000 since the U of S launched the open textbook initiative during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The BCcampus Open Textbook Project out of British Columbia currently lists more than 150 open textbooks from twenty-four disciplines including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, and Psychology. Textbooks listed there can be used by anyone free-of-charge (digital versions) and instructors are free to make any modifications they wish to the text, as long a they attribute the source and, in turn, make available the revised work with an open license. Texts available through the site go through a peer review process.
OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. Through our partnerships with companies and foundations committed to reducing costs for students, OpenStax Collegeis working to improve access to higher education for all. OpenStax College is an initiative of Rice University and is made possible through the generous support of several philanthropic foundations.
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.