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The Alternate Textbook Project at Temple Libraries: Home

this guide describes Temple Libraries Alternate Textbook Project, a program that supports faculty to stop using expensive commercial textbooks and to instead create their own set of learning content that can be offered to students at no cost.

This Is The Alternate Textbook Project

This page introduces you to the Temple Libraries Alternate Textbook Project

Did You Know?

  • The Alt-Texbook Project has saved Temple students over $300,000 since the Project started in 2011.
  • According to research conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, 7 out of 10 college students have reported not buying a required textbook at least once.
  • The average cost of a new print textbook is $128.
  • A college student will spend $1,300 on average for textbooks.
  • Since 1978 the cost of textbooks has increased 812% or 3.2 times the rate of inflation.Since it began in 2011, 35 faculty have participated in the Alternate Textbook Project
  • If every U.S. college student was using just one open textbook, the total savings to students would be approximately $1,000,000,000 (that's a billion!)
  • Temple Libraries Alternate Textbook Project was featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article in 2012

What is The Alternate Textbook Project

College students are concerned about the cost of textbooks.

Faculty are concerned about their students spending so much money on textbooks.

The Alternate Textbook Project is designed to find better and less costly ways for faculty to deliver the instructional content their students need to learn. Good for students. Good for faculty.

Discover the Alternate Textbook Project. Learn how to get involved.

Join the textbook revolution.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FOR THE SIXTH ROUND OF PROJECTS will open March, 2016.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 29, 2016.

NEED MORE INFORMATION? WANT TO GET FEEDBACK ON A PROJECT IDEA? CONTACT STEVEN BELL, ASSOCIATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN.

Read more about the Alternate Textbook Project in Ditch Your Textbook: Moving to OER and Alt-Textbooks” published in the April 2014 issue of the Temple University Faculty Herald. (link below)

Who is Steven Bell

Steven Bell
Contact:
Paley Library

Room 134

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