Every post-secondary student knows the feeling of paying hundreds of dollars for textbooks every semester. The cost of textbooks and other educational resources is a massive affordability barrier — accounting for around 8% of a student’s budget. We shouldn’t have to choose between groceries or textbooks.
Many professors are already using FREE, online, and accessible textbooks known as Open Educational Resources (OERs), which save students hundreds of dollars every term. With each dollar put into the creation of OERs, students save upwards of $10 each subsequent term. They can be used across all faculties, and professors can adapt existing OERs or make their own.
The UVSS’ #TextbookBroke campaign is fighting for greater adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs) on the UVic campus, as well as lobbying for more provincial funding for OERs.
The UVSS is advocating for this change within UVic’s administration and faculty, but we need greater student mobilization to create the momentum needed for this shift.