Why aren't all of the states doing open textbooks?
Utah is moving to an “open textbook” model for secondary education. More information is available here: http://utahopentextbooks.org/
From a state press release:
“Open textbooks are textbooks written and synthesized by experts, vetted by peers, and made available online for free access, downloading, and use by anyone. Open textbooks can also be printed through print-on-demand or other printing services for settings in which online use is impossible or impractical. In earlier pilot programs, open textbooks have been printed and provided to more than 3,800 Utah high school science students at a cost of about $5 per book, compared to an average cost of about $80 for a typical high school science textbook.”
They did studies that demonstrated that students learned as well from open textbooks as from traditional textbooks.
Are there drawbacks to this approach? Is the state overstepping? Is this a sign of things to come?
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