California to study open source materials to lower textbook costs

A statewide council is working on how to increase the use of open educational resource materials in colleges to address the high cost of textbooks.

The council plans to create a digital repository of open educational resources for colleges and to determine how those resources are used in college classrooms across the state. It will make recommendations on how to increase their use.

Open educational resources can be freely copied and distributed and potentially reduce what students pay each semester.

Finding quality open educational resources is one of the main challenges for faculty members, and a repository could help Fort Lewis College staff, said Barbara Morris, FLC’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

“I’m really very excited about the collaboration at the state level. I think it will be very useful to the faculty,” she said.

The college’s bookstore and library staff can help faculty members find free sources for classes currently, she said.

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