Year of Open talk featuring David Ernst: "Open Textbooks: Access, Availability and Student Success"
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Texas Union , Texas Governors' Room (Texas Union 3.116)
As skyrocketing costs increasingly affect the perceived value of a college degree and negatively impact retention and graduation rates, what can be done to mitigate financial pressures for students in the academy?
Dr. David Ernst discusses how the adoption of open textbooks can help overcome the impediments of access and cost to improve student success outcomes.
Dr. David Ernst is the Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, as well as Executive Director of the Open Academics Textbook Initiative — a program developed to improve higher education access, affordability and success for all students through the use of open textbooks. Ernst created and manages the Open Academics textbook catalog — a single source for faculty to find quality openly licensed textbooks — and he and his colleagues are also developing a toolkit to help other institutions interested in starting their own open textbook initiative on campus.
Ernst brings anextensive background in education to his roles, including 14 years of teaching and a PhD in Learning Technologies. He has notable presentations on open textbooks for TEDxKyoto in Kyoto, Japan, and TEDxUMN in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
During 2015-16, the University of Texas Libraries and Texas Learning Sciences are collaboratively programming events and workshops as part of a “Year of Open” to raise the profile of open content on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, in the city of Austin and in the surrounding area.