Interesting Education News Tidbits

Just a quick roundup of some education news focused on digital textbooks and eBooks, open educational resources, education policy, and textbook publisher trends.

The CAO survey mentioned in the last bullet above advised that “Chief Academic Officers and faculty report that key barriers to adopting OER are the lack of a single, comprehensive catalog of content, difficulty finding content, and concerns about time and energy spent selecting and evaluating the material.” Remember folks, the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool is open to all faculty from any college or university. It is the only textbook comparison tool that includes OERs and commercial textbook publisher offerings.

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Hurricane Relief for Students’ Textbooks

By: Akademos Team

For those of us who live and work in the New York metropolitan area, Sandy’s effects continue to linger. Even now, gas stations in NY and NJ remain shuttered, and many people speak about their inability to get much work done. The Akademos office in CT and our employees fared well, though some were without power and were displaced from their homes temporarily. Many of our partner schools are located in areas that were in the path of the storm. To those schools, as we have said, if any of your students are experiencing hardship, please let us know. We have already given out a number of textbook scholarships to students at Akademos partner schools whose lives were affected. There is still work to be done in order to rebuild the community. We thank everyone for their well wishes as we begin to get back to normal.

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