Open Education for Student Success

Cost of textbooks has been steadily increasing alongside tuition and other expenses. Studies show that high textbook prices get in the way of student success. Read the latest reports.

To help students cut down on schooling costs, University of Massachusetts Boston has joined universities and community colleges across the country that have embarked on programs to replace textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER). 

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65% of college students skip buying a textbook because of cost

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There has been an 88% increase in textbook costs in the past decade

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50% of students choose their courses based on the price of the textbook

eLIS and Healey Library Can Help

OER expert librarians at Healey Library and instructional designers from eLearning and Instructional Support (IT Educational Technology) can help UMB faculty adopt an open textbook or other OER content, as well as help create new OER content customized for your course.

Know OER

See how you and your students can benefit from Open Educational Resources.

Find OER

See the list of existing OER sources with materials in a variety of subjects and disciplines.

Create OER

We can help faculty create and share OER materials customized for their course.

Contact Us

Email us at open@umb.edu

 

OER Info Sessions for Faculty

Meet UMB OER experts and learn how to find and adopt Open Educational Resources.

  • Wednesday, 11/15, Noon – 2:00pm | Campus Center 03-3215
  • Tuesday, 12/5, 10:00am – 2:00pm | Campus Center 03-3545