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Thursday, April 21 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Inclusive or Exclusive? Reexamining "Inclusive Access" Textbook Programs

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In an effort to make course materials more affordable and accessible, many campuses are experimenting with “Inclusive Access” programs. Designed by the textbook industry (largely in response to the growing OER movement), Inclusive Access is a sales model that adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees—in other words, automatic textbook billing. While the advertised benefits of these programs have been widely promoted by vendors, there are also drawbacks for students and faculty that deserve equal attention. At a time where access to course materials is part of meeting students’ basic needs in higher education, what campuses are doing to reduce costs matters. This presentation would present a holistic picture of what Inclusive Access programs mean for your campus, explore how they differ from open models like OER, and examine whether Inclusive Access is “inclusive” at all. Also learn how to access resources and more information from InclusiveAccess.org.

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Trudi Radtke

Open Education Project Manager, SPARC/ Inclusive Access.org / Moorpark College
Trudi Radtke is an Open Education Project Manager at SPARC. In this role they spearhead advocacy and implementation for initiatives to make education more open and equitable. Their portfolio includes InclusiveAccess.org, an initiative to raise awareness about the challenges of automatic... Read More →

Thursday April 21, 2022 10:00am - 10:30am CDT