UTPB joins network offering students open textbooks

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin J. Conrad Dunagan Library will join a network to offer students free or low-cost access to textbooks Aug. 14.

On average, college students spend as much as $1,300 during their college careers on textbooks alone which is frequently a burden that falls most heavily on those who must take out loans to pay for their education, a news release said.

During the past 40 years, textbook prices have risen more than 1,000 percent. Financial pressure is often cited as a top reason that students drop out of school. The adoption of Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks is a way to help students.

Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license are available for free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

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