Poll: Should colleges offer digital alternatives to textbooks? | lehighvalleylive.com
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"Warren County Community College is looking to relieve students of textbook bills that can run to $1,000 and up every semester. WCCC is partnering with Cengage, a private company that offers access to online texts and other materials for a flat fee -- limiting the need for students to buy and resell texts, often at a steep loss. WCCC President Will Austin likens the online text service to Netflix: "You get a subscription that gives you access to every textbook or online learning material in (Cengage's) domain." Many professors and students are already using online materials. A Cengage study found that four out of five students view "open education resources" as a way to cut textbook costs and help them improve their grades. A National Association of College Stores survey found that 25 percent of students polled in 2017 said they uses free online learning materials, up from 19 percent the year before...."