Students are powerful voices when advocating for open education. The rising costs of tuition, fees, and textbooks impact students directly. By telling your stories, you can make compelling arguments for open education at your institution. For example:
One of Student PIRGs primary campaigns is Make Textbooks Affordable, releasing reports research reports documenting the problems and harms with traditional textbooks and why open textbooks are the solution. A 2016 report, Covering the Cost, shows that 5.2 million U.S. undergraduate students spend a total of $1.5 billion dollars of financial aid on textbooks every semester, or $3 billion per year.
OpenCon supports a dynamic, growing community that works year round to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. This community is supported through an active email discussion list, monthly calls and webcasts. The OpenCon community is open to anyone, with particular emphasis on students and early career professionals.