KPU Students Reaping Benefits Of Open Textbooks, Says Professor Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani | Link Newspaper
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"Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students are reaping the benefits of Open Textbooks because KPU is an institutional leader of open textbook adoption in B.C.
The open textbook project provides free online and interactive textbooks, as well as low-cost print textbooks for students. In 2012, BC campus launched the B.C. open textbook project so students wouldn’t have to choose between groceries and paying for required course materials.
'Open textbooks remove the relationship between students’ ability to pay for resources and their educational outcomes,' said Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, who is the university teaching fellow in open studies and a psychology instructor at KPU, and the senior open education research and advocacy fellow at BC campus. 'That KPU leads B.C. in embracing open education is a true reflection of our commitment to ensuring that higher education is accessible to everyone who seeks it.'
According to research by Jhangiani that will be published in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning in 2017, some 60 per cent of B.C. students elect not to purchase at least one required textbook because of the high cost.
Meanwhile at KPU, the adoption rate of open textbooks has nearly doubled over last year. Today, 4,030 students have saved over $400,000 in textbooks, which is up from 2,500 students saving over $230,000 at last count."