Tired of High Textbook Costs? RSVP for Student Forum on Open Educational Resources

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Students around the country are banding together as part of the Open Educational Resource (OER) Movement to demand low cost and open access to the information necessary for learning – from textbooks to scholarly research articles and data. Now, the movement is coming to UC Santa Barbara as part of a UC tour! Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and Nick Shockey, Manager of the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC Director of Student Advocacy will be on campus in May and they want to meet and talk directly with UCSB students. The Library is facilitating this tour and we want to be sure there are student representatives on hand to meet Nicole and Nick during their limited time on campus.

Thursday, May 15, 12pm (Library Classroom 1575): Come hear Nicole and Nick talk about their work with students and with Open Educational Resource advocacy.

Thursday, May 15, 1-2pm (Library Classroom 1575): Share your concerns about student accessibility to academic information – such as rising textbook and subscription database costs – directly with Nicole and Nick so that they can represent you in their advocacy work. Refreshments provided. **RSVP now to outreach [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.**

ABOUT OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain and allow free use and re-purposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge. OERs are taking off around the world. California has committed state funds to make educational resources more open and affordable.

MORE INFORMATION

SPARC: Open Educational Resources: http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/oer
Student PIRGs on Open Textbooks: http://studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks/about
Right to Research Coalition: http://www.righttoresearch.org/