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Here you'll find articles detailing new developments in the area of e-textbooks, open educational resources and other digital course materials, along with stories about institutions adopting them.


New Resource Offers Ideas for Advocating OER Adoption

Lumen Learning has created an online resource to help proponents of open educational resources make the case for O.E.R. use on campus.

Armed with $25 Million, Knewton to Expand Adaptive OER Product Line

Just months after Knewton launched Alta, its own line of higher education courseware with adaptive learning built in, the education technology company has closed a new round of financing that will enable it to scale its products. TriplePoint Capital led the funding, with $20 million, and Knewton's existing investors added an additional $5 million.

100,000 Students Use Lumen OER in Single Term

For the first time ever, 100,000 students have enrolled in Lumen Learning-supported courses in a single term. The threshold was crossed in June 2018, when a college success program offered at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana took the total count over the 100,000 mark.

Textbook Costs on the Decline

Multiple signs indicate that the cost of textbooks is inching down. According to new data released by CampusBooks.com, the average price of a textbook dropped by $10 between January 2017 to January 2018. Simultaneously, the National Association of College Stores issued its latest results from a twice-annual survey of college students in the United States and Canada and found that course material spending had shrunk by 31 percent over the last decade.

New Video Courseware Replaces Traditional Textbook

JoVE, a publisher of video learning resources for STEM topics, has introduced a new set of biology courseware designed to completely replace the traditional textbook.

Schools Work to Thwart Textbook Price Barrier

A number of schools are turning to Cengage to come up with new ways to help their students gain more affordable access to their course materials. Recently, both Warren County Community College in New Jersey and the University of the Southwest in New Mexico said they would roll out the company's new unlimited subscriptions offering. At the same time, Missouri's Columbia College went public with news that it would work with the education media company to provide course materials to its students as part of a single tuition charge.

ED Accepting Proposals for Consortium OER Pilots

The U.S. Department of Education has finally made a move on its efforts to fund development of open educational resources. The agency issued a notice this week inviting proposals for an "open textbooks pilot program" with an Aug. 29, 2018 deadline.

Survey: Buying Course Materials a Top Source of Financial Stress for Students

Buying course materials is the No. 2 source of financial stress for students, after tuition, according to a new survey conducted by market research company Morning Consult on behalf of Cengage.

McGraw-Hill Ed and Follett Deals Chase More Affordable Curriculum Options

McGraw-Hill Education and Follett have concocted two new agreements. In the first, Follett's current rental offering will cover McGraw-Hill's new textbook rental program for copyright 2019 titles; in the second, McGraw-Hill's digital learning products and e-books will be incorporated into Follett's includED "inclusive access" program, which gives students access to their course materials on the first day of class.

Columbia College Uses Ed Map to Roll Fees, Book Costs into Tuition

A Missouri college has signed with Ed Map to embed digital curriculum into its courses to make the expense invisible to students as part of a new tuition approach. Columbia College, a private nonprofit college in Columbia, announced the partnership for its adult education and online education divisions. All course materials will be part of the tuition students pay in those programs.

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