Virtual Open Textbook Workshop

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending an hour and a half workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did You Know …

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,249 to $1,364 for textbooks and supplies in 2015-2016.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of four times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students do not purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • Sixty percent of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they have received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop – a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You will also receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: NOVA and Virginia Tech are sponsoring a Virtual Open Textbook Workshop
Where: Virtual Online Classroom
When: Friday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by Heather Blicher of NOVA Libraries and Anita Walz of Virginia Tech Libraries.

Instructors are invited to apply by May 8. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability. If selected, you will receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

Questions? Contact Heather Blicher at For complete information and to apply: See the Flyers section in this edition of the Intercom.

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