Students pay $500 – $1000+ on textbooks each semester. Many of these books become obsolete as new editions are released yearly.

Want to save money on textbooks? Here are some ways to do this:

  • Ask your instructor if you need to buy a textbook
  • Borrow a textbook at Reg Erhardt Library
  • Download and use the Saitsa app to sell and buy used textbooks
  • Purchase e-books
  • Ask your instructor if they have any open educational materials that you can use for free or at a cheaper price
  • Encourage your instructors to use Open Educational Resources (OERs)!

OERs are teaching and learning resources created with the intention of being freely available to users anywhere.

The terms “open content” and “open educational resources” describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like “open source”) that is either (1) in the public domain or (2) licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  • Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store and manage)
  • Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  • Revise – the right to adapt. adjust modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  • Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend).

Click here for more info on Open Content.

Click here to learn more about how SAIT is using OERS.

Questions? Contact your VP Academic.