Thirteen California State University libraries, including Cal Poly’s library, announced this week that they’re participating in the use of open educational resources textbooks.
The concept was created through the collaboration between Rice and the Gary Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation, which offers technologies to reduce educational costs.
OpenStax College textbooks are free online and low cost in print, aiming to save students significant costs. OpenStax texts have already being used in more than 1,100 courses worldwide over the past two years and saved students more than $30 million, according to the foundation.
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Some university texts currently cost as much as $300, said Cyril Oberlander, the library dean at Humboldt State, another campus participating in the program.