Save Money on Textbooks Next Semester With No-Cost Course Materials List

Save Money on Textbooks Next Semester With No-Cost Course Materials List
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The University Libraries and Associated Student Government have collaborated to create a list of courses utilizing no-cost materials in lieu of traditional textbooks. Students are encouraged to view this list prior to enrolling in courses for the summer and fall 2024 semesters.  

"It is so important for the student body to be aware of these resources so they are able to make informed decisions as they register for classes," said Brooke Williard, director of open access resources for the Associated Student Government. "That is why I am so excited to advertise the 'No Cost Textbook Guide' for this upcoming registration." 

The libraries are dedicated to making higher education more accessible and affordable for students by supporting faculty who utilize open educational materials. Each semester since 2017, the libraries and Global Campus have offered faculty compensation and support to reduce the cost of textbooks for their students by participating in the Open Educational Resources Course Materials Conversion Program. More than 8,410 students across 35 courses have been impacted by the use of open educational resources since the fall 2023 semester, collectively saving more than $612,470 on textbook costs.  

"I'm thrilled to be able to partner with the Associated Student Government to raise awareness regarding the availability of no cost/OER materials," said Christine Rickabaugh, open education librarian. "The faculty who select, adapt or create these materials do so with their students in mind. These are high quality materials that support student learning while eliminating the need for students to make difficult decisions about where their financial resources need to go." 

Last month, Rickabaugh discussed the benefits of Open Educational Resources and how they reduce barriers to higher education on The Pedagogy Toolkit, a podcast hosted by the Global Campus.  

Students can expect to see yard signs placed across campus with QR codes linking to the guide, in addition to posts on the ASG and University Libraries social media accounts.  

Contacts

Christine Rickabaugh, open education librarian
University Libraries
479-575-8698, cr097@uark.edu

Kelsey Lovewell Lippard, director of public relations
University Libraries
479-575-7311, klovewel@uark.edu

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