Ohio University and Top Hat Partner to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

OU announces a new partnership expected to save Ohio students an estimated $500,000 per semester.

Today, Ohio University and Top Hat, a provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, announced a new partnership to expand student access to open educational resources.

Over 36,000 students at Ohio University will benefit from the adoption of interactive and highly engaging open educational resources (OER) accessed through the Top Hat Marketplace. OHIO students will realize an estimated savings of $500,000 per semester through the successful adoption of open education resources.

Using Top Hat’s all-in-one platform, officials say OHIO faculty can easily author their own interactive content, create interactive homework, create and administer tests, as well as discover new course content in the Top Hat Marketplace. The Marketplace is a novel and game-changing resource for customizable educational content, allowing professors to publish, share, and collaborate with peers.

“Through this partnership, Ohio University continues to demonstrate its national leadership toward increasing pathways to quality academic opportunities for all students,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “Providing students access to affordable course materials is an integral part of Ohio University’s dual mission of educational access and educational excellence.”

The University’s efforts align with statewide efforts to cut costs for college students and their families.

“Tuition is not the only element driving affordability within higher education,” said Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “I am pleased that Ohio University is focused on finding new ways to make a college degree affordable for all Ohioans.”

Officials add the Top Hat Marketplace makes adoption of OER seamless for the University community.

“We’re thrilled to help Ohio University make course materials more engaging and affordable for students,” said Mike Silagadze, co-founder, and CEO at Top Hat. “Additionally, we applaud OHIO for taking this momentous step forward to provide instructors with open education resources and the tools needed to create engaging and interactive classroom experiences and course content through our Marketplace.”

For more information or to schedule a demo with Top Hat, please visit tophat.com.

Michaela Madison Reporting

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