Vote yes/no in our plebiscite on your eServices
from Oct. 9 - 12 so that your voice will be heard!
The UNB Student Union and the UNB Student Representative Council is raising awareness about the high cost of textbooks and additional course resources for students. The TextBroke campaign aims to collect data in order to start the conversation at UNB about alternative, cheaper resources that instructors can use to support courses.
Results from our survey:
Total spent on textbooks: $138993.27
Average spent per participant: $419.92
Total # of books purchased: 1326
Average cost of a book: $104.82
Saint John Campus
Total spent on textbooks: $16052.56
Average spent per participant: $348.97
Total # of books purchased: 159
Average cost of a book: $100.96
WHAT ARE OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES?
An open educational resource (OER) is peer reviewed researched academic content that has been made available via an open licence such as Creative Commons Licence.
OER’s is gradually becoming common practise in many Canadian institutions. The development of OERs at the University of New Brunswick will be in the form of adopt, adapt, and create:
- Adopt: replace course textbook and learning resource content with existing, peer reviewed, researched, academic open educational resources
- Adapt: adapt existing peer reviewed, researched, academic open educational resources for your context
- Create: design, write, and / or create new, peer reviewed (preferable), researched, academic open educational resources for your syllabus based learning outcomes. and share that learning resource with the public as an OER
How do OERs benefit learning and teaching?
- The opportunity to test out course materials before enrolling – and compare with other similar courses
- Opportunities to be involved in OER initiatives either through contributing towards OER development – learning valuable skills of information appraisal, and peer review
- Reduced cost of education by replacing textbooks with peer reviewed open educational resources
- Benefits (efficiency and cultural) of collaborative approaches to teaching/learning
- Reaching a wider range of learners
- Professional/peer-to-peer learning about the processes of OER release
HOW ARE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE THIS?
With your data, we will be able to compile data and convince our UNB Student Union Council, to approve a plebiscite that would allow you to vote either yes/no in a plebiscite if you support the adoption of open, cheap and accessible educational resources. After, the plebiscite - we will develop an official position statement and ultimately present to the UNB faculties and Senate to consider the adoption of a program that benefits students greatly! So join our campaign today, and fill out this survey to make OERs a reality.