What is this?
Students pay a $10 fee to take a course that has no-cost educational resources rather than paying for an expensive commercial textbook. The fee helps to support the creation and use of an instructor-created textbook or resources for a class.
Why do I care?
Instead of paying $100 or more for a textbook, students will pay $10 to support the creation of a no-cost textbook tailored to the class by the instructor.
Where do I find my Open/Alternative Resource?
Depending on the type of resource(s) being used, the textbook or resources may be directly embedded into K-State Online or linked out to an external website. If you have any questions about your open/alternative resource, please contact your instructor.
Does my class include an Open/Alternative Textbook resource?
How will this impact my student fees?
The university is including a $10 fee per student for courses using approved open/alternative resources. For approved courses, the fee will be divided between the supporting department (90%) and the initiative (10%). The fee encourages faculty to create and provide a quality and affordable alternative to a textbook, while providing stable funding so the Initiative can support faculty in the implementation process.