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The Challenge: Cost of Textbooks
Textbook prices continue to soar and we’re finding that many students either can’t afford to buy course-required material or are willing to find other, often illicit, ways of accessing textbook material. This just won’t do. Students should not be forced to choose between suffering financially by purchasing textbooks worth hundreds of dollars and doing well in class. A long-term solution is urgently needed to make course materials more affordable. So what is your AMS doing about it?
The Solution: Open Educational Resources (OERs)
The AMS #TextbookBrokeBC campaign is advocating for campus-wide uptake of these OERs to ensure students aren’t forced to either suffer financially or do without course-required textbooks at the expense of their learning. These digital resources come in a variety of mediums including open access textbooks, journals, videos, practice sets, and any other course material that can be shared, edited, and redistributed. There are two key benefits to these resources: accessibility and advancement.
Student Benefit: Accessibility
OERs remove financial barriers by replacing expensive textbooks and course-required material with free digital resources.
Student & Faculty benefit: Advancement
OERs are openly licensed – this means that faculty can continuously modify and update content. It also enables faculty to mold OERs to best fit their teaching style, rather than adapting courses around existing resources. And because anyone can edit and distribute open resources, faculty can involve students in the creation and dissemination of knowledge for greater audiences and champion the non-disposable assignment.
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How can students get involved?
- Actually use OERs – you can be the best advocate for these resources by simply using them for your research and to understand your course material better.
- Tell others about OERs and encourage them to use them.
- Utilize your course evaluations at the end of the semester to let your professors know what you thought about the course materials that they used.
Examples of UBC courses and departments using open textbooks and OERs
Rent With Rights
Your room is not your own
The Rent with Rights campaign aims to improve the housing rights currently available to students living in on-campus residences and housing.
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Getting home from Downtown Vancouver after dark is now easier and safer with Translink’s NightBus District. The N17 connects the downtown core with UBC in the early hours of the morning, every day of the week, on the following schedule.
Safewalk is an AMS service that will accompany UBC students, staff and visitors across campus after dusk. So if you feel unsafe getting from point A to point B and no other form of transportation is available, get in touch with Safewalk (open daily 8pm-2am).
Other Safety Contacts
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1
In case of a non-emergency:
- Call UBC Security at 604-822-2222 (they can accompany you across campus after 2am)
- Call RCMP on campus or University Endowment Lands at 604-224-1322
- Call Transit police at 604-515-8300 or text 77.77
- Call Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321