Online Learning Update

March 28, 2014

Students press for cheap online textbooks

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By KATHERINE LONG, The Seattle Times

In deciding which classes she’ll take every quarter, Alissa Ramberg often applies the textbook-cost-factor test: She figures out which professors require pricey textbooks, and avoids those classes. The University of Washington senior and student-government senator, who is majoring in political science, also has put off taking classes – and even chosen alternative courses that still fill the requirement – to try to control how much she must shell out for books. The price of college textbooks has risen at four times the rate of inflation in the past two decades, according to one study. Now, students are trying to gain some control over spiraling prices by asking professors to seek out less-expensive alternatives.

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