OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:30am - 10:55am
Is a course fee a game changer for sustaining and scaling institutional textbook replacement initiatives?

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The Kansas State University Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative has continually grown and evolved since it began in 2012. Initially administrators and the campus community were skeptical of the initiative, but after its demonstrated success and significant return on investment it gained administrative and faculty support. Despite a seemingly conducive environment for it to thrive, the initiative annually struggled to retain/find financial support and by the 2015-2016 academic year had even started to see a decline in applications. This led the initiative to adapt its incentive structure to provide a $10 course fee for courses that use/adapt/adopt and open/alternative resource starting in the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to the up to $5000 awards that have been provided to faculty. $9 of this fee goes back to department teaching the course to provide incentive to support, and continue to use, open/alternative resources. $1 from the fee comes back to the initiative to provide sustained funding that it has lacked throughout its history. Thus far, we are seeing signs that we may be beginning to scale in a way that we never have before as multiple large courses are in the pipeline as well as at least one Dean has been actively asking his departments and faculty to use/adapt/adopt open/alternative resources. At this stage, this would not be possible without support from the Kansas State University Foundation and its donors to provide.

This presentation will describe our experience creating the open/alternative textbook icon used to indicate courses that use an open/alternative resource and collect a fee. In addition, it would briefly describe what a textbook publisher offered to try to retain a large course using their textbooks. I hope to save 10 minutes for questions, discussion, and interaction so that attendees can hopefully find elements of our shared experience that give them hope to receive more gratitude for their efforts at their institutions.

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Brian Lindshield

Associate Professor, blindsh@k-state.edu
Institutional textbook replacement programs/initiatives. OER and alternative educational resources (AER). Research on perceptions and efficacy of textbook replacement by OER and AER.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am PDT
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