Textbook Affordability

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 responding to the issue of textbook affordability by developing a low-cost and self-sustaining online course management system that will host alternatives to the traditional college textbook.  Intelecom CourseSpace will offer faculty-vetted “digital study guides” in high-demand subjects; based on OER textbooks from OpenStax College and incorporating professionally-produced video content, additional readings, and self-assessment tools.

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.

For more information:

Dr. Allen Dooley, CEO
Intelecom Learning
(626) 782-6385
adooley@intelecom.org