10 United States

Last update: July 17/19

Access codes/assessment platforms

Another big move hits higher-ed publishing, as Wiley buys Knewton – May 6, 2019 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Would a new program for textbook access codes really help UNC students? – April 3, 2019 (The Daily Tar Heel)

The true cost of inclusive access – February 5, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Access denied – September 21, 2016 (Student PIRGSs)


Sustaining Values and Scholarship: A Statement by the Provosts of the Big Ten Academic Alliance – June 10, 2019 (Big Ten Academic Alliance)


March budget madness – March 21, 2019 (Eugene Weekly)

College stores adapt to change – February 15, 2019 (Publishers Weekly)

The true cost of inclusive access – February 5, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

A Barnes and Nobles Experience – December 10, 2018 (Open Oregon)


Traditional Knowledge and the Commons: The open movement, listening, and learning – September 18, 2018 (Creative Commons, by Mehtab Khan)


Also see Partnerships.

Creative Commons licences

Traditional Knowledge and the Commons: The open movement, listening, and learning – September 18, 2018 (Creative Commons, by Mehtab Khan)


The latest victims of the student debt crisis – parents – May 11, 2019 (CNBC)

More parents struggle to repay loans they borrowed for their children’s education – December 11, 2018 (CNBC)

Efficacy/student outcomes

SAC scores assess department data to measure scholastic achievement – March 29, 2019 (The Ranger)


Carnegie Melon announces release of toolkit to kickstart global revolution in educational effectiveness – March 27, 2019 (CMU News)


As campuses move to embrace OER, college libraries become key players – January 4, 2018 (EdSurge)

Successful OER adoption models: Academic libraries leading the way – April 14, 2017 (SPARC)

Licences and subscriptions

Open ed resources provider cries foul over attribution for its curriculum – May 22, 2019 (EdWeek Market Brief)

Subscribe to Open: Annual Review’s take on open access – April 2, 2019 (The Scholarly Kitchen)

UC drops Elsevier – March 1, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

In UC’s battle with the world’s largest scientific publisher, the future of information is at stake – December 7, 2018 (Los Angeles Times)

Open educational resources (OER)

Big Flickr announcement: All CC-licensed images will be protected – March 8, 2019 (Creative Commons)

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Education Materials – October 29, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Open textbooks

Open-access chemistry textbooks gain popularity – March 18, 2019 (Chemical & Engineering News)


Odigia and MERLOT team up to empower institutions to create and deliver engaging course experiences – June 18, 2019 (mySA)

OER at the enterprise level – June 13, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Carnegie Mellon, Lumen Learning partner to expand support for evidence-based learning materials – April 10, 2019 (CMU News)


The end of the line for iTunes U? – June 12, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)


Presidential support (with caveats) for OER – March 13, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)


Pearson’s next chapter – July 16, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Pearson signals major shift from print by making all textbook updates ‘digital first’ – July 15, 2019 (EdSurge)

Public domain

Pixabay joins the Unsplash image licensing earthquake – January 2019 (PixelRockStar)


Also see Printing on this page.

MediaWeek: Publishing News – B&N bidding, EBSCO, Follett, Axel Springer, Paper Shortages, University Presses – June 14, 2019 (Personanondata)

OhioLINK breaks new ground creating central fund for open access publications with Wiley – June 12, 2019 (MarketScreener)

How merger of two textbook giants could impact course materials – May 3, 2019 (EdSurge)

Rival publishers join forces (Cengage and McGraw-Hill) – May 2, 2019 (Inside Higher Ed)

Planned merger of Cengage and McGraw-Hill could remake college-textbook market – May 1, 2019 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Shifting focus of publishers signals tough times for textbook authors – December 12, 2018 (Higher Ed)

What open-access publishing actually costs – November 9, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Religious colleges

OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges – October 24, 2018 (EdSurge)


Also see Partnerships.

Return on investment (ROI)

Performance Audit Report: North Dakota University system open educational resources, Report No. NP-007-17 – September 4, 2018 (PDF)


University students saved $177 million in 2018 using OpenStax OER – February 22, 2019 (Ed Scoop)

Textbook costs

The high cost of college textbooks, explained – March 6, 2019 (Vox)

The CD ‘chart of the century’ makes the rounds at the Federal Reserve – July 13, 2018 (AEIdeas)

As OER grows up, advocates stress more than just low cost – January 15, 2019 (Ed Surge)

80% of the textbook industry is dominated by 5 publishing companies that make books so expensive most students skip buying them – December 4, 2018 (Business Insider)

Report: Textbook pricing affects students’ rating of profs – November 6, 2018 (Campus  Technology)

Study: High textbook prices lead to poor grades – September 20, 2017 (Inside Higher Ed)

Textbook trends: How U.S. college students source course materials – August 18, 2016 (Insights)

In students’ minds, textbooks are increasingly optional purchases – July 9, 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Education).


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