Released on January 7, 2020
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing a quarter of a million dollars to save students money on their textbook purchases.
The innovative approach supports professors and instructors at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina to develop open textbooks and other open educational resources for students. The initiative is expected to save current and future students at least $6.4 million with the resources developed so far.
“The Government of Saskatchewan supports innovation in the delivery of public programs and services,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “We continue to invest in supports and affordability efforts that make a difference for post-secondary students. Our province’s $1.25 million investment in the development of open text books over the past five years is helping reduce costs for approximately 70,000 students.
“This year marks the fifth consecutive year open textbook funding has been allocated to Saskatchewan’s three largest institutions. Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina each received a $83,000 grant for 2019-20.”
Open textbooks benefit students by lowering costs, increasing access and enriching the quality of learning. Faculty members benefit from the flexibility to tailor resources to their teaching styles, add local context and meet unique cultural needs.
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