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E-textbooks: Making Course Resources More Accessible & Affordable

The affordability of, and accessibility to, lower cost course resources such as textbooks in higher education is a growing concern in the United States. We discuss how we're addressing that concern at Franklin University.

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E-textbooks: Making Course Resources More Accessible & Affordable

  1. 1. Making Course Resources More Accessible & Affordable e-textbooks
  2. 2. The Textbook Problem
  3. 3. Universities select required textbooks and students are required to pay for them. In this way, universities are making a financial commitment for the students.
  4. 4. This can create problems for students regarding: Affordability Accessibility
  5. 5. The price of textbooks has increased by from 1978 - 2010. 812p e r c e n t
  6. 6. This is nearly 1/3 more than the increase cost of medical services during the same time.
  7. 7. Due to this, 30% of all textbooks are now purchased using students' financial aid.
  8. 8. Franklin University's Solution: E-Textbooks What Are We  Implementing?
  9. 9. We're seeking ways to embed digital course resources into our courses. These embedded resources or e-textbooks are more affordable and sometimes even free.
  10. 10. OUR GOALS Increase affordability of textbooks Increase ease of access to textbooks
  11. 11. OUR [SPECIFIC] GOALS Integrate electronic resources in all courses Ensure student access in advance of course start date Reduce textbook cost burden Enable mobile access across devices Improve international availability Improve student success
  12. 12. Franklin University's Solution: E-Textbooks How Are We  Doing It?
  13. 13. These publishers represent more than 50% of all textbook adoptions at Franklin University. We have signed agreements with the top four publishers.
  14. 14. Agreement Benefits - Affordability: The average price for an e-textbook from our publishers is $55. Students receive embedded access and integrated features at no extra cost.
  15. 15. PRICE COMPARISON National Textbook Average (per book) Franklin's E-Textbook Average (per book) $68  $55  Based on NACS. (n.d.). National Association of College Stores. Retrieved from https://www.nacs.org/
  16. 16. Agreement Benefits - Accessibility: Integrated via single-sign on to their course in LMS Available 10 days in advance of the course If the student drops the course within the first 30 days, the student is not charged for the e-textbook Access to all e-texts in a central eBookshelf provided by VitalSource Mobile and computer access on up to four devices The ability to download the e-text for use offline All e-book resources adopted by Franklin are automatically billed to the students’ accounts
  17. 17. We're expecting to complete the switch to e-textbooks by 2019.
  18. 18. We're excited to increase the affordability of higher education to help our students succeed.
  19. 19. How can you begin to make your own course resources more affordable and accessible?
  20. 20. CONNECT Presented by Franklin University. Based on the blog post by Patrick Bennett

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