Open Textbooks in the UK


 Beck Dr Beck Pitt

Open Education Research (OER) Hub

About this conversation:

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide teaching staff with content that can be customised for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many instructors in North America, and these books are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

Did You Know…

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. (We know from further research that having to work during term-time also can hinder student progress).
  • The National Union of Students estimates that the average student can spend over £1000 on textbooks and supplies, and research from the US shows similar amounts in 2015–16.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 88% of students claimed to have skipped purchasing a textbook because of the cost and 9% claimed to have changed courses (UK research).

Come and find out more about open textbooks and the work of the UK Open Textbook Project, led by The Open University (UK). The webinar will be led by researcher Dr Beck Pitt.

Attendees to the session will be eligible to win a £25 Amazon or iTunes gift voucher, we have 15 to give away!

When: Tuesday 27th March 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

About Beck:

Beck is currently a researcher on the award winning Open Education Research (OER) Hub. She is also the EdD Academic Coordinator for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and was the lead author for the Open University’s H819 module, week 13 on Open Research.

The OER Hub works collaboratively to investigate the impact of open education on learning and teaching. Beck currently works across a range of projects:

  • Lead researcher for the Scottish Funding Council funded Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project;
  • Monitoring the delivery and development of three MOOC for Business being developed by the ERASMUS+ funded bizMOOC project;
  • Responsible for developing, recording and editing a range of assets for the Hewlett funded Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) in addition to contributing to the annual workshop;
  • Team lead for the development of the OER Hub led Open University training courses Twitter 101 and Open Research and June 2017’s Year of Open event;
  • Leads WP3 work with partners OpenStax and contributes to a range of other work for the Hewlett Foundation funded UK Open Textbooks for Higher Education (HE) project which will assess the viability of North American models of open textbook adoption in a UK HE setting.

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