Open Textbooks in the NDFS department pitch


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Hello, I will be talking about advancing education through open textbooks in the NDFS department.  Here we go! The cost of textbooks has risen significantly. Statistics show that the price of textbooks has increased 88% since 2006, in 10 years.  A Florida study found that 64% of students did not purchase their textbooks because of the high cost. One reason why this matters is that food insecurity is higher among college students.  At BYU food insecurity is 40%.  The national average is 12.5% (for the whole US population).  Food insecurity affects college students more severely because they have to balance large costs and limited time. One of those large costs is textbooks. The consequences of food insecurity are increased depression and other kinds of psychological distress, along with lower academic performance.  Health outcomes related to food insecurity are higher incidences of type two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. Open textbooks are a possible solution to decrease the monetary stress of a student and hopefully decrease food insecurity.  1/3 of students from Florida stated that they had earned poor grades because they could not afford to buy the textbook. The benefits of open textbooks,  besides being cheaper, can be remixed and tailored to the class and have the opportunity to help thousands of students. Nutrition 101 would be an excellent course to have access to an open textbook because it can be available for any department and teaches core principles of nutrition. NDFS 310 would also be a good class to have an open textbook because it relies heavily on current research and always needs to be updated.

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