Category: Affordable Education

Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) seeks applicants for four System Leaders for its PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program.   The PALSave team will work across PALNI in support of open and affordable learning.

For consideration, please submit a brief personal statement that describes why you are interested in the PALSave System Leader opportunity, along with a current curriculum vitae by May 25 to Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at

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Source: Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

How OpenStax Books are Made | Blog – OpenStax

From Anthony Palmiotto writing for the OpenStax Blog:

Our editorial director describes the process, from author recruitment to review to publication.  “So how do you make these books?” We get this question almost every day. While we’re always happy to answer it, and value the resulting discussions and suggestions, we thought it would be helpful to share a general overview of our development process.Our earliest research efforts, circa 2011-12, involved speaking to hundreds of instructors to determine the initial criteria for textbook adoption – what it took to make the “short list.” While the answers varied, there were some common themes:

  • general alignment to the topical coverage and sequence of the course
  • evidence of a strong faculty review process
  • typical elements of a textbook in one’s discipline

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Source: Blog – OpenStax

PALNI Affordable Education Plan and Name Contest

The PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force has proposed a multi-component project plan for PALNI to begin implementing this summer. This plan draws upon best practices and program elements other consortia use to further the use of open and affordable educational resources at their campuses. An informational presentation on this program is forthcoming.

Right now, we are seeking the power of PALNI to help us come up with a concise yet interesting name for this program. Some examples of peer initiatives are Affordable Learning Georgia, Open Oregon, MOST (Maryland Open Source Textbook), and Maricopa Millions to name a few. Have an idea for a program name? Reply here or email by Friday, May 11. The submitter of our favorite program name gets a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

Librarians as Open Education Leaders: Responsibilities and Possibilities | TU Delft Repositories

From the proceedings of the Open Education Global Conference 2018:

A common claim in open education is that librarians are effective supporters in open education work because their talents for research, organization, and working with students make them natural supporters of faculty designing OER courses. This study seeks to understand how librarians and faculty interacted with one another in an deliberate cooperation in course design. Seventeen faculty-librarian partnerships were awarded $3000 stipends to cooperate in designing open courses. Each participant kept a weekly journal describing current contributions to the course project. Early findings from analysis of the journals shows that librarians are effective supporters, but careful planning and organization of the projects was very necessary for the collaborations to be successful.

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Source: Librarians as Open Education Leaders: Responsibilities and Possibilities | TU Delft Repositories

A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook | eLearningInside News

From Henry Kronk writing for eLearningInside News:

A new study conducted by researchers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada examines the performance of students using open education resources (OER) in both print and digital formats compared to a traditional textbook from a commercial publisher. The study found that students using OER spent less time overall studying for the class while scoring comparably with those who used a commercially published textbook.

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Source: A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook | eLearningInside News

PALNI Launches Affordable Education Initiative LibGuide as Part of New Collaborative Strategy

In an effort to reduce the cost of Higher Education to students in Indiana and increase collaboration among institutions, PALNI is launching an Affordable Education Initiative (AEI) LibGuide. This AEI guide was developed by the PALNI AEI Task Force to help promote ideas, tools, and partnerships surrounding affordable education and open resources across the state of Indiana.

Please feel free to remix and reuse any part of this guide in your own Library site, point your faculty directly to the site, or use it as a tool for finding and distributing resources to your faculty. We welcome suggestions on how we can improve this guide in any way and look forward to collaborating with you!

Affordable Education @ PALNI

Here are some of the recent impactful activities of the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force:

Today we hosted an extremely interesting webinar from Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University/OpenStax. She covered practical and effective direct tactics for Effectively Encouraging the Use of OER on Your Campus.  Recording is available to everyone at PALNI-supported institutions. Email for the link if you are not already on the PALNI Team Drive.

Plans are also moving forward on a potential membership with Open Textbook Network, an organization that helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

Finally, drawing on successful initiatives of our consortial peers, the AEI Task Force has begun drafting a preliminary multi-component affordable education program that we plan to begin implementing this year.

We are working on direct communication strategies to best share this information out to relevant campus stakeholders. Stay tuned!

Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in 2018 Spending Bill – SPARC

From Nicole Allen at SPARC:

“In a landmark victory for the Open Education movement, the U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill unveiled today. This marks the first major investment by Congress explicitly in open educational resources (OER) as a solution to the high cost of college textbooks, and underscores that course materials are a significant factor in making higher education affordable. The FY18 omnibus is expected to proceed swiftly to votes in the House and Senate and get signed into law this week.”

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Source: Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in 2018 Spending Bill – SPARC

Affordable Textbooks Symposium | IUPUI University Library

From IUPUI’s University Library, a symposium on March 9, 2018:

With sponsorship from the Indiana University Office of Scholarly Publishing and UITS, IUPUI University Library is hosting a half-day symposium on affordable course materials. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that IUPUI undergraduates paid $1,204.00 on books and supplies in the 2016/2017 academic year. The high cost of textbooks contributes to student debt, low retention rates, and negatively impacts the quality of student life. This expense adds to the many barriers to success faced by lower income and food-insecure students.

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Source: Affordable Textbooks Symposium | University Library