Increasing Affordable Access to Course Materials

The cost of course materials is an increasingly important consideration for students when purchasing textbooks and other resources. In an ongoing commitment to provide accessible, affordable options, Ambassador and OpenStax have forged a partnership to break down barriers through free and low cost learning materials, helping faculty create rich collections of resources and empowering more students to succeed.

“Ambassador is dedicated to helping our client institutions build out the most effective and relevant booklists, taking into account student and faculty needs, program objectives and costs,” said Steven M. Blicht, COO of Ambassador. “We are excited to extend access to the OpenStax library of textbooks and eBooks, which means faculty have more options to incorporate high quality, open learning resources. For students, they can now focus more on achieving their academic goals and spend less time worrying about price of their materials.”

Based at Rice University, OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks in print and digital format. One or more OpenStax textbooks are in use at over 3,000 institutions and OpenStax will save students over $100 million this academic year alone.

Through the OpenStax integration with Ambassador’s Content Lab, faculty can assemble and curate robust, custom-made collections of digital and print materials, merging content from the OpenStax library with other OER, web articles, blogs, images, videos and other publisher content, as well as the school’s or professor’s own content. Ambassador supports OpenStax’s full catalog, including math, science, social sciences and humanities subjects. Faculty can also access OpenStax’s instructor-only resources like test banks and solution manuals.

“OpenStax is pleased to partner with Ambassador and offer yet another way faculty and students can access our textbooks,” said David Harris, editor in chief for OpenStax. “Ambassador shares our commitment to providing accessible, affordable options to improve the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.”