UBC math students to save as much as $1M per year through open-access textbooks

November 8, 2016

The University of British Columbia reports that instructors in its Math department have saved students as much as $1M a year by adopting open or freely accessible textbooks. UBC states that the move has occurred in all first-year courses and most second-year courses, a trend that it says has been growing since 1997. In the 2016 academic year, instructors in 16 math courses have reportedly adopted open or free textbooks. UBC estimates that the 7,000 students currently enrolled in these courses are collectively saving between $608K and just over $1M for the year. UBC specifically highlights resources such as BC’s Open Textbook Project as resources that have contributed to the growing trend toward open-access course materials in the province. UBC