The trouble with open courseware is often the issue, that you get what you pay for. I don’t think we need free texts. We need valuable texts. By this i mean they should have some value that reflects the reasonable cost they charge. They have value.Many texts have little value, and certainly don’t reflect their actual cost nor their value.
Just as colleges and universities have adopted online classes over the past decade, students can expect free open courseware of some kind at every campus in the U.S. in the next five years, a University of California-Irvine official said during a recent forum on open courseware.
Open textbook advocates from the publishing industry, online learning organizations, and academia met at the UC Irvine campus Jan. 26 to discuss trends in free course material and how making textbooks, lectures, and other course materials available online free of charge has changed higher education.