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Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode One

by Michelle Reed September 21, 2017
Open is for everyone

This week, Inside Higher Ed reported on a survey that linked high textbook costs in higher education to poor grades. The research, commissioned by an e-textbook provider, supports a growing body of evidence that suggests the use of open and affordable course resources can positively impact student success, resulting in higher course grades and lower drop, failure, and withdrawal rates.

Anecdotal evidence collected over the last year at the University of Texas at Arlington confirms that the high, and frequently surprising, cost of course resources poses a significant barrier to our students. This video, the first in a series, highlights our students’ experiences.

Additional videos in the series will showcase UTA’s Textbook Heroes—educators whose use of open and affordable resources has lowered financial barriers and contributed to more equitable access to education. Stay tuned!