Textbook Assumptions [...]

We are pestered by the bookstore to decide on a textbook before registration (which means a lot of faculty pick a textbook just in case). We force our students to spend millions of dollars on textbooks but are unable pay for instructional design help and release time for faculty who want to write materials. Course fees — a popular way of supporting open materials initiatives — take an act of Congress to get approved, but any faculty member can assign a $300 textbook with no oversight whatsoever. Faculty who contribute to open textbooks get very little in terms of tenure consideration. We have committees in some departments that are literally named “textbook selection committees” which sort of telegraphs a result, right? We have accessibility policies that are written in ways that don’t help those needing accommodation but do actively scare faculty away from open resources. (Source)

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