OpenStax is a textbook publisher that provides peer-reviewed, open-license course content in math, science, social sciences, humanities, and several AP subjects. In July, the publisher announced t hat it was launching OpenStax Tutor Beta, a digital learning platform designed to support the material in its free textbooks.
The new program currently includes three courses: physics, biology, and sociology. These OpenStax Tutor courses are available for the fall 2017 semester.
Supporting Affordable Education
An initiative of Rice University, OpenStax was first launched in 2012 with the goal of cultivating peer-reviewed, high-quality textbooks that were low-cost in print and entirely free online. Today, the publisher provides titles for over 30 courses, including U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Each book is authored by a team of leading experts from universities all across the United States.
In the five years since its launch, OpenStax has saved students $155 million in textbook costs. The organizationâ€™s numerous institutional partners and affiliate schools are promoting the integration of OpenStax and other open-source materials into existing coursework to increase the overall affordability of higher education. Just a few of the schools that have adopted OpenStax include the Auckland Institute of Studies, Grand Canyon University, Ohio State University, numerous University of California campuses, and the University of British Columbia, among hundreds of others.