SCUP Links
247.7K views | +7 today
Follow
SCUP Links
Curated content on higher education presented by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scoop.it!

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campus bookstores say companies’ aggressive tactics hurt business and violate colleges’ exclusivity contracts.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

We wonder, how long such agreements can continue to exist?


"Mr. Rosensweig and Mr. Chesnut asserted that exclusive bookstore contracts don’t serve students’ interests but benefit colleges and universities by generating revenue. The commission Barnes & Noble pays Southern Connecticut State each year varies depending on sales, but the university is guaranteed at least $600,000. On top of that, the company provides $26,000 each year to support textbook scholarships, a lecture series, and a golf classic."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

The Cost of Universal Knowledge Access - Journal Subscriptions More Expensive than Russion Defense Budget?

"The cost of providing everyone in this country with access to just one major academic publisher’s portfolio would be equal to the size of Russia’s defense budget. Add in Springer, Wiley, and others and maybe we start getting close to half trillion.


Knowledge ain’t cheap! But when the cost of journal subscriptions is more than we pay for bombs, tanks, missiles, guns, fighter jets, ships, and so forth… that’s when you that something’s not right."

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed?

Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The coalition of universities could shake up online learning, textbook publishing, learning software, and other intellectual property created and used by higher ed institutions.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

According to Unizin’s founders, a key goal of the project is to ensure that universities and their faculty stay in control of content they create, collectively owning the infrastructure that will deliver that content both on and off campuses. Another goal is to use open-standards software to create interoperability and to help scale digital education.


Unizin member schools will have access to services for sharing course content and analyzing how effective the teaching is for that content.

In a blog announcing their ambitions, co-founders Brad Wheeler, CIO and business school professor at Indiana University, and James Hilton, vice provost for digital education initiatives and information professor at the University of Michigan, pointed to lessons learned when universities failed to control their content.


“Research universities largely left the publication of journals to others, and that has not worked out well,” Hilton and Wheeler wrote. “We now pay an escalating, collective billions to rent the right to read our own scholarship each year.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

The Year Ahead in IT, 2013 ~ Stephen's Web

The Year Ahead in IT, 2013 ~ Stephen's Web | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Speaking of the publishing industry—with many parallels to much of higher education—Stephen Downes sees ....


"a rebound year for commercial content. Expect the pay media sites begin to prosper and for publishers to begin rolling out high-quality dynamic learning resources non-professionals cannot easily emulate.


That's the hard prediction - a reversal of existing trends. It will happen this year. You might think I oppose it, but I don't. Commercial media quite properly should focus on the difficult and high-quality. Where it has gone wrong in the past was in trying to monopolize easy media against a growing tide of open content. Once it enters into a proper research-and-development cycle (something it hasn't needed in a century) it will begin to prosper again, without harming openness, and this is good for all of us."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Any improvement in methods to obain revenue from the creation of knowledge content is welcome.

more...
No comment yet.