Faculty Attitudes about Open Textbooks

October 19, 2009

A recent study by the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) on faculty attitudes toward affordable and open textbooks reveals no surprises, however this information provides greater insight than existing anecdotal evidence. 

The results indicate that faculty need a greater diversity of open textbook choices than what currently exists in order to achieve widespread adoption. The report states: “Faculty expressed concerns about open textbooks as an affordability solution, citing, particularly, issues around remuneration for authors, protection of intellectual property, quality of the content, and overall accessibility.”

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