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Sales pitches don’t belong in classrooms

By Sean Willett, January 17 2017 — When I sat down for the first lecture of my molecular biology class, the person at the front of the room was not my instructor. Instead, the class was greeted by a representative of John Wiley & Sons Inc., the company that publishes the required textbook for the…

We need to revalute the textbook market

By Tina Shaygan, September 20 2016 Last week, the Students’ Union ran the #TextbookBrokeAB campaign to raise awareness of the high cost of post-secondary textbooks in Alberta. Standing directly outside the bookstore to talk to students that just dropped hundreds of dollars is bold and arguably one of the more affirmative approaches taken by student…

Peering under the hood of open textbooks

By Alexander Kim, December 4 2014 — Textbooks make up a large portion of the cost of a university education. To fight rising prices, some faculty members want to use free online, open-source books known as open textbooks. Math 211: Linear Methods I, has been using one since fall 2013. Claude Laflamme is the course…

New course pack literally costs firstborn child

By Melanie Bethune, September 18 2014 — Students registered in Statistics 361 this semester received a shocking blow to their futures when they discovered exactly how much the required course materials cost. The required course pack, comprised of a single CD in a plain white sleeve, will literally cost students their firstborn child. “Students complain…

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