Tuesday, March 5, 2019       Events

Congressional Briefing – Open Textbooks: Student Success and Savings

12pm - 1pm  ·  SVC 215 Open Education

In celebration of international Open Education Week, this briefing will bring together a panel of experts and practitioners to discuss how open textbooks are making higher education more affordable and effective for students.


U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Washington, DC


Tuesday, March 5th, 2019


12pm - 1pm

In the face of rising student debt, textbook costs are a significant but often overlooked barrier that students face. Institutions across the country are working to lower textbook costs through open educational resources (OER) — materials that can be freely downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all students.

Congressional staff and members of the public are invited to learn about the impact of a Congressionally funded Open Textbook Pilot grant program and upcoming legislative opportunities to achieve savings for students.

Co-sponsored by SPARC and U.S. PIRG.

Briefing Panel

  • Kaitlyn Vitez, Higher Ed Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG
  • Dr. Delmar Larsen, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California Davis; Executive Director, LibreTexts
  • Hailey Hollinshead, Student, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Dr. Ariel Anbar, Professor of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Kharl Reynado, Student, University of Connecticut; ConnPIRG
  • Moderator: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC


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