New pilot project could save university students money on textbooks

By Matt Brand

For university students in Nova Scotia, the cost of textbooks can add up quickly.

But a new pilot project to put learning materials online has the support of Students Nova Scotia.

The Council of Atlantic University Libraries is taking the lead on the program, called the Open Educational Resource Repository Pilot.

In other words, it will put resources like textbooks and teaching materials online for free, accessible use. 

That’s according to Clancy McDaniel, the Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia.

She tells NEWS 95.7, with students in the province spending between $800-1000 on textbooks each year, they’re hoping to expand the project over the years to come.

“If we’re able to save folks some money by making this widely available, that’s a top priority for us,” she says.

According to Students Nova Scotia, a similar initiative was introduced in British Columbia in 2012 and has saved students almost $19-million in that time.

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