September 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

The MSU, alongside the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and McMaster’s Campus Store, is running the #TextbookBroke campaign from September 10 - 21. This campaign aims to highlight Open Educational Resources (OERs) as an accessible and affordable alternative to the rising cost of course materials. OERs are teaching and learning resources that are in the public domain or are under an open copyright license, including materials such as textbooks, modules, videos, and courses.

#TextbookBroke invites students into the discussion surrounding the importance of OERs, allowing them to use the money spent on costly textbooks and other course materials as an advocacy point for professors, institutions, and governments, to increase the prevalence of OERs.

“The movement in adopting OERs will certainly take time,” says Stephanie Bertolo, MSU Vice President (Education), in a recent OUSA blog post. “It requires shifts in thinking and changes within the University for OERs to be the first resource professors look to when choosing materials for their classes.”

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 hashtags #TextbookBroke and #McSU

Students that tweet with the hashtags listed above will be entered to win a $50 TwelvEighty gift card.

To read the rest of Bertolo’s article on the importance of OERs in post-secondary institutions, click here. Follow MSU Advocacy on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events, and campaigns.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Bertolo
Vice President (Education)

(905) 525 9140 ext. 24017


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