Textbook Affordability: Emerging Solutions In Ohio

Monday, April 4, 2011 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a growing interest in electronic educational resources and a move toward digital textbooks as a way to help a financially distressed higher education. During this webinar, we’ll discuss why textbook costs have skyrocketed; how textbook costs impact students, faculty, and institutions; and current initiatives by the University System of Ohio to address textbook affordability and learning outcomes. We’ll also discuss what defines open educational resources and open textbooks and how they can reduce costs by up to 80 percent while increasing quality and accessibility. Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, will moderate this webinar.


Darlene McCoy, Associate Vice Chancellor, Division or Affordability and Efficiency, University System of Ohio

Steve Acker, Research Director, Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project

Eric Frank, President and Co-Founder of Flat World Knowledge

Shu Schiller, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Wright State University