Credit: Julie Leopo/EdSource Credit: Julie Leopo/EdSource Gary Michelson and Hal Plotkin October 26, 2020

Would you pay for a textbook when you could get a better one for free?

The answer coming from many college administrators might surprise you. By embracing a new “embedded in tuition” textbook-pricing scheme and ignoring the benefits of getting textbooks through a freely accessible digital library, many college administrators are burdening students with unnecessary costs while also sacrificing an opportunity for tech-enabled collaborative innovations.

But there is a much less expensive alternative. Open educational resources are teaching and learning resources that reside in the public domain or are released with an intellectual property license that allows their free use and, often, re-purposing as well as continuous improvement

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