3 Ways to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

Textbooks earn publishers about $8 billion because students can spend over $1,000 for one semester’s required readings (source: Forbes).
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Flat World Knowledge says YES to Fair Price for College Textbooks

In 2009, while working at a large higher education institution, I had a student worker who was very excited about being accepted into the nursing program. Upon entering the bookstore, she was shocked to learn that her books for the semester would cost more than her tuition.…

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Which Educators are Changing Higher Education?

I came across a piece from Smithsonian Magazine profiling Sebastian Thrun, the man behind the xMOOC prototype via Stanford’s Intro to AI course (the research community needs a shorthand for this) as well as Udacity.  Thrun won the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award for Education based off his work in the MOOC world, and the magazine’s piece about him starts off as most smartly written puff pieces do:  a description of the location, the unique idiosynchracies of Thrun as he and the writer meet, a tangential topic that will show its relevance later…boilerplate journalism.…

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