Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?
APRIL 12, 2018
From 2006 to 2016, the cost of textbooks increased by 88 percent, more than than nearly any other college student expense—including tuition and fees (63 percent) or on-campus housing (51 percent)—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. The company is also banking on authors and adopters to check for quality themselves.