8 Colleges Collaborate on Open Courses — from Converge Magazine by Tanya Roscorla


Many students can’t pay hundreds of dollars each term for textbooks. So they choose not to buy any of them.

“They just try to take the class without the book, and boy, that’s hard,” said Marty Christofferson, dean of campus technology at Tompkins Cortland Community College in New York.

This year, eight colleges that primarily serve at-risk students are working together on Project Kaleidoscope. In California, New York and Nebraska, faculty members are collaborating on open general education courses that will cut student textbook costs to less than $30 per class.


From DSC:
For some archived examples of pooling resources — and the use of consortiums — see this page on my old website: