New Textbook Liberation Fund Aims to Save College Students $1 Billion

Press Release, Market Wired, Feb 14, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure the target is attainable by this fund alone, but the objective is laudable. This press release announces the launch of the Textbook Liberation Fund which will provide $500,000 in "grants to faculty members or departments who want to transition their courses away from high-priced textbooks." Grant winners will be selected to work with a team from Skyepack, a company that "designs and curates custom digital course packs from Open Educational Resources, faculty created content, and licensed third-party content." Maybe this is just a way to employ low-cost content creators to fill out its content library, which it will then sell to educational institutions. Or maybe this will result in the creation of genuinely open educational resources. probably it's a bit of both. Via Cable Green, by email.

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