• Digital Course Materials: Expanding Access & Reducing the Cost of Enrollment

      Brewer, Michael; University of Arizona Libraries (2012-04-24)
      The cost and accessibility of textbooks and other required course materials has been an issue at both the local and national levels for a long time. Indicative of this is a new requirement in Arizona that universities provide students with a total cost of attendance for each course before they enroll. Universities must do more to improve students' access to required course materials and to reduce the overall cost of education. In the past, supplying students with required course texts was delegated to the bookstore in coordination with teaching faculty. Today, with emerging electronic options and business models, a more nuanced, multi-tiered, and campus-wide approach may be possible and necessary. This poster will detail the major issues and describe some potential solutions.