The cost of college textbooks has been increasingly prohibitive for the last decade. The College Board’s October 2016 survey data reflects an average annual cost of $1,200 per college student for books and supplies, with a single book costing as much as $200. And, while there is a growing movement toward open educational resources, a 2016 Babson Survey Research Group study revealed that 58.1% of faculty are unaware of OER, or how instructors can use no or low-cost alternatives to traditional textbooks in their courses. Many of those surveyed (28%) said there aren’t enough high-quality free or affordable course materials available to make the switch from traditional textbooks, and 60% described their search for OER materials as difficult.
Intelecom Learning is committed to assisting the higher education community in filling the void of low-cost, high-quality and engaging digital resources, heightening faculty awareness and encouraging implementation of these alternatives, and answering students’ ongoing call for reasonably-priced instructional materials.
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