January 26, 2015

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 4/22/2014

"The degree of unaffordability is getting to the point that it's hurting learning."

-- David Wiley, co-founder of Lumen Learning, which helps schools adopt open educational resources

College student Caitlin Ryen works two jobs to support herself and pay tuition at South Florida Community College. When a new semester rolls around, that usually means choosing which textbooks to buy, or not buying any at all, she says.

The 22-year-old caught a break this term when she found out her physics course materials were free. Instead of asking students to buy a textbook from a major publishing company, Ryen's professor assigned a free digital textbook that he customized for the class.

Ryen's professor, Erik Christensen, began exploring the format in 2007, when a student asked to borrow a textbook because he couldn't afford one. While looking around for affordable alternatives, Christensen came across the concept of open-source textbooks, or course materials offered for free online by their authors under a nonrestrictive license.

Read more at CNN.

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Smart ways to save for retirement at every age
Smart ways to save for retirement at every age

USA TODAY’s Nanci Hellmich talks about how to save aggressively for retirement in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. 

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Do you feel your business has enough women as managers, C-level executives, even as CEO?

  • Yes
  • No, always looking for more
  • No, but fine as we are

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe