CRS to conquer the textbook business?

Top Hat has challenged tangible goods for a long time now. Its first offering was a digital version of clickers to measure student responses in the classroom. In 2017, the company launched a marketplace for e-textbooks, working with authors and offering openly licensed content from the likes of OpenStax as well.

Last year, the company ceased sales of individual assessment tools to instead offer a bundle of its products. Students pay $48 for one year of Top Hat’s products. Interactive textbooks on Top Hat cost an average of $35.

My note: this will be a game changer in regard of the interactivity of textbooks.

expensive textbooks

making textbooks affordable for students

The library’s role in making textbooks affordable for students

Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)
Textbooks costs continue to increase for students. Join ACRL, Choice, and Springer Nature for a lively webinar to gain insights into the ways librarians are actively working with faculty and teaching staff to promote the selection of licensed textbooks and other eBook types when planning courses and choosing materials.

Springer Nature is a leading STM and HSS publisher. Learn how Springer Nature eTextbooks, reference works, brief, and other book types found in Springer Nature’s ebook subject collections make high-value teaching resources available to students and academics. Institutional access to textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars, and because they are DRM free, students don’t have to worry about restrictions on downloads, printing, or saving.

Speaker(s): Liz King

Liz King has recently joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Libraries as Associate Director, Library Information Services, where she oversees daily operations of the Technical Services Department. Liz is looking forward to working on ongoing and new initiatives at Rensselaer Libraries. Of particular interest is the continued development of an information literacy strategy for the Rensselaer Libraries using both existing and new resources and partnerships. Liz is also an Adjunct, Associate Professor for the Business, Government, and Technical Communications Department at a very large community college. Prior to joining Rensselaer Libraries, Liz was a Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian at an emerging research university in Texas. When she’s not doing library-related things, Liz enjoys hiking and camping in the nearby Adirondack Mountains.

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copy right and fair use

Tangible media that can be protected through a copyright include songs, movies, books and artwork. Since copyrighted works are protected, they often require special permission or licensing for use with groups, including classrooms.

Fair use permits the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Teaching is an activity that qualifies as fair use. When determining fair use, four factors should be considered,

  1. the purpose and character of the use;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion use in relation to the whole work; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market.

The right to show video in the classroom doesn’t rely on fair use. In fact, there is a separate part of copyright law that lets teachers show video in class. However, consider these four points. You can show video:

    1. During face-to-face teaching
    2. When viewed in a classroom or other place of instruction
    3. With a lawfully made copy
    4. As a regular part of instruction and directly related to content being taught

Copyright & Fair Use Resources
This is the U.S. Copyright Office website. You can learn just about anything you want to know about the copyright law and its history. Be sure to check out the Education section.

UMUC Library
The University of Maryland, University College Library discusses copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons on the Get Help section of their website.

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers
This PDF resource was created by Hall Davidson. It is a great reference for teachers when it comes to fair use and the variety of mediums we use in the classroom. The downloads section of his website has a great selection of copyright resources.

Copyright and Intellectual Property
Kathy Schrock’s website is always a great resource for educators. She has a section all about copyright and intellectual property with resources for classroom use and educator learning.

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media offers a free, K-12 digital citizenship curriculum. Creative Credit/Copyright is one of the eight topics the lessons focus on. These lessons are a great way to help students become positive, productive digital citizens.

Media Education Lab
This is a good resource for media literacy education. Teachers can find a variety of teacher resources focus on media literacy, including copyright, as well as professional development opportunities.