Archive | December, 2012

OpenStax College Launches Free Textbook

31 Dec

OpenStax  College, the non profit, open-access publisher out of Rice  College , presented the launching of its first iBook text Monday, turning into the latest publisher to make the free-with-paid-options model supportable.  The interactive, iPad-based version of OpenStax’s free-to-read online  School  Physics text can be had via iTunes for $4.99.  OpenStax, which launched early on in the year, is one of a few publishers making an attempt to combat the “access gap,” as founder and director Richard Baraniuk calls it.  “In part of due to swiftly rising textbook costs, student debt is at a record high, and scholars in a few cases are having to drop out of varsity as the mixed effect of the learning materials’ cost and teaching is starting to become prohibitive,” Baraniuk declared.

OpenStax draws from expert-generated, peer-reviewed content to form its free online texts, which cover a spread of introductory school courses.  2  online-only textbooks have been printed so far, with 3 more about the way, and the target is to at last offer texts for the twenty-five preferred university courses.  Though   access to the net text is absolutely free to scholars, OpenStax also offers extras that scholars or schools can buy , for example online tutorial programs, like Sapling Learning and WebAssign, or internet-based schooling services.

An instructor could, for instance, allot OpenStax’s free textbook and then ask scholars to submit homework thru WebAssign, which charges between $20 and $25 per student per semester still less expensive than the price of a standard physics textbook, running from about $80 to over $200.

The iBook version is meant to be another “extra,” according to Baraniuk.  If scholars buy the  School  Physics iBook, the iPad version of OpenStax’s introductory physics text, they obtain access to added videos, interactive graphics, quizzes, and demonstrations, lots of which were made particularly for the iBook.  OpenStax wants to at last offer its books on a range of platforms, but Baraniuk asserted the iPad sounded correct as a starting point due to the relative straightforwardness of changing a text into the iBook format and the approval for iBooks.

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