David Ernst (University of Minnesota), creator of Open Textbook Library, continues to make huge gains for Open Education through open textbooks.
Originally posted on the Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/university-of-minnesota-takes-lead-in-promoting-free-college-textbooks/336972931/
The biggest hurdle, Ernst said, is persuading classroom instructors to try the free texts. Most “don’t know where to find them, and they don’t know if they’re any good,” he said.
That’s one reason he created the Open Textbook Library. “We put them in one place, easy to find, and started collecting reviews,” he said. Ernst received a grant to pay instructors $200 to $500 apiece to write a review. He discovered that once they reviewed an open text, they were more likely to use it in class.