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Comments on: Textbooks & the Cost of Higher Ed http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Braden Hosch http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/comment-page-1/#comment-24379 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:51:08 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/#comment-24379 To add two complicating points:

1. How this provision of HEOA is implemented will revolve around regulations that ED will release to guide and “clarify” what institutions have to do to comply with the law. Much will depend on the interpretation of “To the maximum extent practicable.” If a course schedule is published online, then we’re really just talking about expanding the database and allowing professors to upload texts as they decide upon them. Printed course schedules are another matter, but we might ask why we’re killing all of those trees anyway…

2. Reporting compliance could range from the quick and easy (provide the URL to your course schedule w/ textbooks) to the ridiculously time consuming (provide the number of textbooks assigned in Fall 2010 by the number of books in each $$$ range: $0-24, $25-49, etc.). Much will depend on ED’s focus over the next 6 months.

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/comment-page-1/#comment-24259 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:39:23 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/#comment-24259 I provide the ISBNs, too, and tell people about sites like isbn.nu–so I’m sensitive to costs. But flexibility should matter!

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By: Brian Croxall http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/comment-page-1/#comment-24258 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:36:58 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/#comment-24258 Interesting, Jason. I’ve included ISBNs on my syllabus since I began teaching. And I stalked campus bookstore shelves as an udnergraduate to figure out ISBNs for the next semester as soon as I could to save money via Amazon.

But now that I’m on the other side of the equation, teaching a survey in which the only question asked the first day was, “The course atlas said we’d be reading Gatsby, but it’s not on the syllabus,”–not a question, I know–I don’t want to be locked into not being able to make changes to a class reading schedule. It’s in the interest of the students getting the best class that I can work with flexibility and change book orders (as I did) within a week of the semester starting (see http://twitter.com/briancroxall/status/1118390295).

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/comment-page-1/#comment-24252 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:56:27 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/01/22/textbooks-the-cost-of-higher-ed/#comment-24252 Just what we need, another unfunded mandate that will eat up staff time (who is going to enter this data?)

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