Advocating for Open Educational Resources with the #TextbookBroke campaign

January 9, 2018 at 09:00 am

The MSU, through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, will be running a campaign to advocate for Open Educational Resources (OERs) from January 8 - 19. OERs are educational materials, including textbooks, modules and tests, that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. For students, they are a solution to rising costs associated with post-secondary education, as they are free for anyone to use.

To raise awareness of OERs and promote their use on campus, students are encouraged to:

  • Take a picture of their textbook receipt or stack of textbooks
     
  • Tweet or post to social media the picture and include the amount of money spent on textbooks
     
  • If a student chose not to buy textbooks, they are asked to share why
     
  • Use the hashtag #TextbookBroke and tag @MSU_McMaster

The first event of the campaign, Free Textbooks?! What are OERs?, is on January 11 in JHE 326H from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Students can learn more about how they can stop paying for textbooks and still get great ones using OERs. Lena Patterson and Chris Fernlund will be presenting at this event. Lena is the Operations Director at eCampusOntario and Chris is the Student Services Project Lead at eCampusOntario, a provincial government organization that supports the development and promotion of OERs across the province.

In addition, on January 16 in BSB B155 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, students can write letters to their current and future professors to explain why they should use OERs. Since lack of awareness surrounding OERs is one of the biggest barriers to using them, it is critical that faculty members are informed of how OERs can be better alternatives to expensive textbooks.

There will also be a textbook contest where students could win their textbooks for free, even if they have already been purchased. For more information, check out MSU Advocacy’s table in front of the Campus Store from January 8 - 12 or click here.

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Deshpande
Vice President (Education)
vped@msu.mcmaster.ca

905-525-9140 ext. 24017

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