Can We Make Textbook affordable and Student-friendly?

So far, we have developed the possible ways of make textbooks affordable in the hope of helping students save money and enhance the learning outcomes. We have mentioned the online textbooks and notes, e-textbooks, textbook rentals and the second hand textbook service. Here are some advices recommended by relevant make textbook affordable campaign study:

1. Considering the cost when selecting textbooks.

We have discussed that use online resources to get access to course required readings; or buy textbooks online while some websites offer cheaper textbooks; or ask for second hand service.

2. Communicate with professors and faculty before the semester stars.

To ask the course requirements before semester stars will help students access the basic information for the course to decide whether get a textbook or not.

3. Publication sponsorships

Since faculties are in charge of selecting textbooks, they may have regular publishers as book supplement. It is student-friendly to negotiate either the prices or a sponsorship.

4. Open textbooks statement

The problem of copyright and relevant issues can be resolved by singing open textbooks statement. As students agree on only using the e-textbooks for study in a certain time and no more publishing, they can get access authorities.

5. Systematic change in universities

To tell universities the affordable alternatives will remind them consider it as an issue to make more student welfare.

For further information, please check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/textbookcampaignunsw and twitter https://twitter.com/textbkcampaign.

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iTunes U

This video shows that what is iTunes U and how educators use it for a variety of reasons.

iTunes U is a section of the iTunes Store where users can download free educational course content from any colleges and universities, non-profit educational institutions, and K-12 organizations.

The content, which includes course lectures, lab demos, sports items, and campus tours, comes as audio and video files. All downloads are free. The purpose of iTunes U is ‘Learn for free’.

However, there are 13 Australian universities used iTunes U which offer course materials, pod-casts and general university information (http://www.cnet.com.au/itunes-u-whats-on-offer-from-australian-universities-339300214.htm).
iTunes U is a future tendence. It will dramatically increase the variety and accessibility of textbooks and learning materials.

Make Textbooks Affordable

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As we know, the price of textbooks is extremely high for university students. According to studentpirgs organisation, it states that students spend an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks, and prices have been rising more than for times the rate of inflation for the past two decades.

Publishing companies have been raking in huge profits while engaging in bad practices that drive up costs: issuing new editions that make used books hard to find, bundling textbooks with unnecessary CDs and pass-codes, and more. They get away with it because students don’t have a choice.Students have to buy what they are selling, even if the price is outrageous.

However, since extremely high price of textbooks for university students, it may affect the learning outcome of students who cannot afford the textbooks. Additionally, printing too much textbooks also affect our environment.

Therefore, Make Textbooks Affordable is a campaign which raising the public awareness of the unaffordable price of university textbooks and advocates the message of make textboosk affordable through using e-textbooks and textbookretals among Australian Universities.

Texts can be published online with low-cost and it is more convenient for students to read their textbooks through different digital technologies such as smart phones, ipads, and laptops. Reduction of printings will contribute to protect our environment as well.

 

http://www.studentpirgs.org/campaigns/sp/make-textbooks-affordable