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As textbook prices rise, college seeks alternatives for students

August 7, 2017

Tuition. Dorms. Parking. Supplies. The cost of higher education can seem daunting, but one Valley school wants to eliminate a large component of that high cost: textbooks.

The price of a textbook can easily reach $300 or more, and College Board puts the average annual cost of books and materials for students at $1,200. In response, Scottsdale Community College is integrating open educational resources into its courses with the intention of replacing textbooks entirely.

An open educational resource is content created and licensed in way that allows others to use it for free.

People share the content using one of six types of open licenses, the most common of which are through Creative Commons.

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