More Faculty Using Free Textbooks in Courses

An increasing number of faculty members are replacing the traditional textbook with an openly licensed one, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

According to a survey of 2,700 faculty released last week, the share of faculty adopting open-licensed textbooks increased from 5 percent in 2015 to 9 percent today, and there is a higher rate of use in introductory-level courses, the Chronicle reported.

But there are still barriers. Approximately half of the faculty surveyed said there are not enough open educational resources for their subject, and about 30 percent said they were concerned with the quality of the content. 

Open access companies have been trying to meet such challenges, and a number of traditional commercial publishers have been adding openly licensed materials to their offerings, the Chronicle reported.

The interest in open educational resources comes as educators seek a less costly alternative to expensive textbooks.  


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