OER: OpenStax is Celebrating a Decade of Free Textbooks By Releasing Ten New Titles This Year
Since publishing its first textbook in 2012, OpenStax has partnered with more than 60 educational technology providers to support educators across disciplines with their teaching needs. Its open educational resources (OER) have saved more than 22 million students an estimated $1.7 billion.
OpenStax recently expanded its textbook offerings and has several more books in development. The latest publications are Introduction to Anthropology and the Writing Guide with Handbook for English composition courses – bringing the current total count to 50. Upcoming topics include finance, political science, computer applications, contemporary math and world history.
Rice Professor Richard Baraniuk, founder and director of OpenStax, and his team have worked with OER for over a decade, beginning with Connexions, a repository for openly licensed educational materials founded in 1999, before the effort evolved into OpenStax upon the publication of its first OER textbooks in 2012.
“When we decided to start publishing open textbooks, the landscape looked very different,” Baraniuk said. “Students were spending upwards of $300 for a single introductory physics textbook, and faculty didn’t have a lot of options or flexibility. In the years since, prices for educational materials have finally started to drop, which has been attributed to OpenStax and the larger OER movement, and educators have access to a wider array of resources.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.