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The University of Akron Wayne College Library
What is Affordable Learning?
Affordable Learning at The University of Akron
Affordable Learning at UA
The University of Akron, in partnership with OhioLINK and the Open Textbook Network, has been working to consolidate efforts around textbook / course materials affordability and open education resource adoption. This effort is directly tied to the success of our students, and involves numerous departments on campus.
Locating Open Textbooks in the UAL Catalog
Start your search at the UA Libaries Catalog.
Enter the phrase "Open Textbook Library" in the keyword search box.
If you are looking for a specific discipline, add it to the search. For example:
"open textbook library" AND physics
View the results:
Resources on Open / Affordable Content
Book: The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in Higher Education: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples.
This openly licensed book provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade.
The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade. While some institutions have been providing students affordable content options for over 100 years, many others have found the need to launch new programs in response to the escalating costs of higher education and the impact that has on student learning. This book provides examples from different types and sizes of institutions and includes voices from a wide range of contributors including faculty, instructional designers, academic technologists, librarians, bookstore staff, and more. The Evolution of Affordable Content demonstrates the range of affordable content options that are possible today–from openly licensed content to library licensed materials and all inclusive purchase models to institution-wide student textbook rental models.
George Mason University OER Metafinder
The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it can take a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target. Additional results continue to trickle in as the search continues running and you begin examining your results.
Search the Mason OER Metafinder
OhioLINK and Affordable Learning
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Open Textbook Network
Visit the Open Textbook Network:
The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.
The OTN includes a link to the Open Textbook Library.
JSTOR Open Content
JSTOR has partnered with leading presses on a project to add open access ebooks to JSTOR. More than 2,000 titles are now available from publishers such as University of California Press, Cornell University Press, NYU Press, and University of Michigan Press, and we will continue to add new titles. These open access books are freely available for anyone in the world to use.
From the College Libraries Ontario and OCLS, the OER Toolkit aims to improve equitable access to open learning resources and services to college students by providing a province-wide academic support platform for faculty to use while designing courses and assignments. The Toolkit is a one-stop guide to open educational resources, providing faculty and library staff with tools and information to understand, engage with, create, and sustain OER in their work and practice. The Toolkit is designed to be used by anyone involved with OER at an academic institution, whether you are part of a team that is collaborating to create OER, a library staff member who is supporting OER development and use, an advocate for OER at your institution, or an instructor seeking to incorporate OER and open pedagogy in the classroom.
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