Textbook Broke 2018Every day, starting January 9, 2018 until January 11, 2018 at 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: SU Atrium
https://www.facebook.com/events/1461568120608993/ "#TextbookBrokeAB" is a provincial campaign that will be carried out simultaneously by the Student Unions of five major Alberta universities in the upcoming weeks: the University of Lethbridge, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Grant MacEwan University, and Mount Royal University. The intention of the campaign is to create awareness of on-the-rise textbook prices, as well as to promote affordable and accessible resources, such as Open Educational Resources (OER), as alternatives to the traditional practice. It has been estimated that students in Alberta pay anywhere from $1000-$1700 on textbooks each year. This works out to the equivalent of more than a few months rent or several grocery bills. With the upcoming release of the tuition cap this April, every single one of those dollars will make a world of difference to a post-secondary student. By using the hashtag "#TextbookBrokeAB", we will be able to share this information via social media with relevant legislative bodies in hopes that they will work towards a stabilized funding model for OERs in Alberta. With such a model in place, we will be able to work towards removing financial barriers to education as well as create opportunities to involve students in the production of OERs. Students will also be encouraged to engage in dialogue with their professors about OERs, and to search independently for OERs that their professors may be able to use in place of an expensive textbook.