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Recently, the CTL Portal Manager, Dean of CTL,  and Dr. Randall Fameree  of the Anatomy and Physiology Department conducted a brief survey of his students to answer the following questions: How does the cost of the textbook for this class impact students? Do they make decisions about this class based upon the textbook? Would they choose an e-book, if it was a more affordable option? Do they buy the textbook and if so, from where? 35 students completed the survey (Download quantitative data here). Additional OER resources from us can be found here. General conclusions from the survey: Although expensive, the A&P students felt the book was worth the purchase and because it was used for 2 classes, it was deemed as less expensive overall. In general, the A&P students  would not choose an ebook over a print copy – ease of use seemed to be the biggest factor: the ability to highlight and take notes seemed to be the biggest factor, followed by portability  and access Of those who responded: 94% purchased the required textbook needed for the class. Of the 6% who did not purchase the book, 1 was given the book by a friend; 3 indicated that…

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What is Open? Open focuses on free, unrestricted online access to content created by users (faculty, students, trainers, teachers, researchers, scientists, everybody!)  Open is an entire movement which includes Opensource software, Open Data, Open Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and much more. Open content can be reused, shared, and often, modified. Although Public Domain content which has no copyright is often included in Open resources, copyright content is also included if it is licensed for use, such as under a Creative Commons license, which makes it easy to determine usage and citation policy (attribution). Examples may be educational (Open Educational Resources aka OER, like lesson plans and course content in OER Commons), research oriented (e.g., journals in the DOJA), images such as those shared via social media and licensed for sharing and reuse, public domain content (like the Prelinger Archives in the Internet Archive), and much more. Community colleges are getting involved with Open Educational Resources through the OE Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), http://oerconsortium.org. Check out how Community Colleges are innovating with Open Education in this webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b8eDlmZeBg Athens Technical College is exploring open resources through building a repository of open content, participating in the…

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