Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

Created in large part to help lower the prices students pay for textbooks, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), went into effect July 1, 2010. Colleges and universities must now provide students with the retail costs and the ISBN numbers of textbooks used in their courses. They are also obligated to provide information for locating textbooks, used books, alternate format books, ebooks and open courseware. For your convenience, Northcentral University has provided the following information.

Open CourseWare
Open CourseWare (OCW) are FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities. We've organized a list of US and UK universities that provide easy access to their courses. Review a list of partnering OCW institutions from around the world at OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Institutions Providing Open CourseWare (OCW)
MIT OpenCourseWare Navigate the catalog of departments to find the courses you want
Carnegie Mellons Open Learning Initiative Navigate the list of subject areas to find the courses you want  
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Review the course list
The Open University (UK) Review the course list  
UC Berkeley WebCasts Use the search engine to find relevant courses  
University of Massachusetts, Boston Review the course list  
University of Michigan Review the course list  
University of Notre Dame Review the course list  
University of Utah Review the categories of courses  
Utah State University Review the course list  

Ebooks Ebooks are widely available on the internet and are often less expensive than print books. However, you must be careful about issues of licensing and "reader"(the platform for a digital book). Some publishers allow only a single download of an ebook; some allow you to copy to more than one device; some licenses expire after 180 days; some never expire. Use caution and read the terms carefully when purchasing an ebook.

Cengage allows you to buy book chapters for as little as $4-$10 per chapter.

Commercial Ebook Publisher Options
Primus Online Bookstore
Cengage Learning
Borders@eBook Store

What Are Open Textbooks?
Open textbooks are usually authored by faculty and published on the web with the support of grants or commercial companies. This new business model allows free online access to textbooks.

Where Can I Find Open Textbooks?
MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching is a collection that has over 950 Open Textbooks. Click on a link to your subject area.
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Social Sciences

Other Organizations
Global Text Project OER CommonsHewlett Foundation supported collection of open textbooks Google Scholar Project Gutenburg WikiBooks

New and Used Book Resellers (Alphabetical Order) AbeBooks.com
Amazon _ New & Used Textbooks
Deal Oz.com
Educational and Institutional Cooperative Purchasing with Barnes and Noble Half.com (an eBay company)

Accessibility and Technology

There are many types of disabilities ranging from physical disabilities including vision, hearing, and motor impairments to learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. Students with certain disabilities will encounter barriers in some instructional materials and not in others. Students with visual impairment will have trouble with any visually text-based medium. Students with hearing loss will have problems with video and audio material but not with print. Many technologies exist to help students with these challenges. Accessibility issues should always be considered when preparing instructional material for courses. At Northcentral University, the Disability Services Advisor is available to answer your questions concerning accessibility and technology.