While much of the cost of higher education is not controlled by faculty and instructors, the one item that they do control is the cost of what their students pay for course materials such as textbooks. Many faculty and instructors have made the choice to use low-cost or no-cost materials for the students they teach.
Contact the Textbook Affordability Librarian for
Individual or group consultations
Presentations or workshops for departments
Presentations to classes and/or student groups
There is no one search engine or index for identifying affordable course materials. UNC librarians can assist faculty and instructors with identifying the most efficient places to search for materials based on the topic and type of materials needed for specific courses. This may include connecting with individuals within a field who are teaching with affordable course materials and searching:
"The most surprising thing, or the biggest thing, that changed just from using OER was realizing how much I wanted to also incorporate open pedagogy – opportunities for students to learn from each other...it's actually made some of my teaching easier because I'm putting some of the work on student-to student interaction."
- Dr. Baillie Peterson