OpenStax Open House for Faculty
TCC faculty and community educators participated in four OpenStax - Open Educational Resource Drop-in sessions April 18 - 21 in the Northeast Library Think Tank. OpenStax provides open access, peer-reviewed, FREE textbooks for students. They are a non-profit organization operating at Rice University and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, and many others. OpenStax books are available at no cost to students as PDF e-books or in professionally printed and bound hardcover editions for $25-$50. These textbooks have been adopted at colleges and universities across the country, and are already in use by some TCC faculty. They offer high quality material while assisting students for whom textbook access and cost are a barrier to success.
Many faculty stopped by to chat with faculty member Jennifer Kneafsey about OpenStax and review the textbooks. Two administrators from Collinsville Public Schools also visited to discuss OER and view the books. The Northeast Campus Library has a set of 13 of the available OpenStax titles for faculty to review at any time. The TCC Campus Stores supported the OpenStax workshops with snacks for participants.
For more information about OpenStax or OER resources contact Jennifer Kneafsey and Jonathan Sadhoo, TCC Strategic Plan Leaders for Strategy 2i: "Provide students access to affordable, quality textbooks and course materials.”