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Share Your Course Material Horror Stories with Us

In the Spirit of Halloween, we want to hear your course material horror stories! Have you experienced issues with the availability and/or affordability of textbooks? Problems with accessibility of course material? We want to know!

As Open Access Week 2019 kicks off, the Open and Affordable Course Content Task Force will be hosting Course Materials Horror Stories, an event designed to engage with students about affordability, accessibility, and all things open education. On October 22, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, there will be a table set up at the front of the library available for students to visit and share their stories and experiences with course materials.

We hope that students will share some of their concerns about student engagement software, obtaining course reserves, and other course material complications by sharing their stories with us. Don’t miss out on the chance to have your voice heard by library professionals. Halloween candy will be available to students who participate.

Why are we doing this?

  • The library supports open education
  • We advocate for the integration of more open educational resources (OERs) in classes
  • We strive to gain better insight into the learning experiences from the people that are affected most
  • Understanding these challenges allows us to better recommend freely available and openly licensed tools and content for instructors and their course content

All Things Open

“Open” refers to the free availability and reuse of textbooks, course packs, streaming videos, and other educational materials. Open education benefits students by providing free access to course materials and benefits faculty by giving them the flexibility to customize and modify material to fit their unique course learning outcomes.

Using OERs means that anyone can read them, learn from them, and build upon them. OERs reduce the costs and barriers of higher education as well as improve student success in the classroom.

Have you ever…?

  • Spent your entire summer working a job to spend it on textbooks?
  • Had to buy an access code?
  • Been stopped by a notice saying, “sorry this e-book is in use”?

Come visit us on October 22 in the library and share your course material horror stories with us!

Curious about what else is going on at the library? Visit our Workshops and Events page on our website to learn about what’s happening at the library this month.


Please contact us at library@uoguelph.ca.