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  • Course Correction | WISPIRG Students
    students we surveyed said they would prefer a printed textbook to a digital textbook and 60 said they would buy a low cost print copy even if a digital book were free Third digital textbooks must be accessible Students should be able to access digital textbooks online store them for use offline and keep a copy for future use Anything less than complete access would make digital books impractical for large numbers of students with limited access to computers and or the internet 45 of the students we surveyed said limited computer access would make it at least somewhat difficult to use a digital textbook 71 said they have kept at least one textbook for future reference 2 Digital textbooks done wrong e textbooks fail to meet the criteria The first type of digital text we reviewed was e textbooks the digital book format offered by the major publishers through CourseSmart We found that they fall short on each of the three criteria we found digital textbooks must meet E textbooks are too expensive The e textbooks we surveyed cost on average exactly the same as a new hard copy of the same title bought and sold back to the bookstore and 39 more on average than a used hard copy of the same title bought and sold back online Printing is costly and difficult Printing was limited to 10 pages per session for each of the e textbooks we surveyed Buying and printing half of an e textbook was three times the cost of buying a used hard copy and selling it back to the bookstore for the books we surveyed E textbooks are difficult to access Students have to choose between using the book online or using it offline they cannot do both Most 75 of the e textbooks we surveyed expired after 180 days so students do not have the option to access their books in the future 3 Digital textbooks done right open textbooks meet all of the criteria Open textbooks are textbooks distributed free digitally under an open license The key feature of an open license is that it permits users to make copies of the textbook and translate it into different formats So open textbooks start as digital textbooks but can be printed in a variety of formats We found that open textbooks accomplish what e textbooks do not low prices printing options and accessibility Open textbooks are affordable Open textbooks are free digitally and students can purchase other formats at a low cost Open textbooks are easy and inexpensive to print Students can print digital textbooks anytime anywhere and in a variety of formats They can print individual pages at home order a print on demand bound copy or anything in between Open textbooks are accessible Students can access open textbooks anytime from any computer without the book expiring Recommendations Digital textbooks are a promising solution to lower costs but they need to be done the right way This study finds that digital

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/reports/course-correction (2016-04-29)
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  • Voter Protection Toolkit | WISPIRG Students
    project on your campus The toolkit is based on 25 years of work to increase youth voter turnout We have used that experience to develop a youth voter mobilization model register and turn out millions of new voters and train thousands of leaders many of whom now run some of the nation s leading political organizations Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize a voter protection campaign on your campus Resource file download Download the report Related Issues New Voters Project About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters

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  • New Voters Project | WISPIRG Students
    on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students

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  • Healthy Foods Project Packet | WISPIRG Students
    PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on

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  • Stop Subsidizing Obesity | WISPIRG Students
    Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste We couldn t have done it without you Matt Kozlowski Hi Thanks for being part of WISPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success Check out some of our highlights from the year Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Tuesday Kickoff Meeting Meghan Ford Hi WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Tuesday September 27 7pm 103 Psychology RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Tuesday night I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Kickoff Meeting Jessie Mauser Hi WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Thursday September 22nd 6 00 CPS Building Room 229 RSVP on Facebook Our Kickoff Meeting is tomorrow night I hope you can come hear what we have planned and get involved in our fall campaigns This fall we ll be volunteering in local soup kitchens cutting wasteful spending on unhealthy foods protecting Wisconsin s lakes and more We d love your help Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Internships Available Jessie Mauser Hi During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants Together we saved student aid Now we re working to cut the billions in wasteful government subsidies that make junk food cheaper than healthy food As a WISPIRG intern you can help us win learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate

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  • Stop Subsidizing Obesity | WISPIRG Students
    allies from across the political spectrum But big agribusiness will fight to protect their billions in subsidies We know because in 2008 they spent 200 million lobbying and on campaign contributions No one in Congress wants to be seen standing up for taxpayer giveaways to junk food and with public concern about obesity and federal spending at all time highs your support can help us finally beat Big Ag and end subsidies for junk food Issue updates Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Come to an Info Session Jessie Mauser Hi I m eager to get to work on our fall campaigns and it s a great time for you to get involved as an Intern or volunteer Stop by Thursday to hear what we have planned and how you can help WISPIRG Info Sessions 11 30 3 00 and 5 00 Brewhaus Workshop in the DUC RSVP Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Foods Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Internships Meghan Ford Hi During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants Together we saved student aid Now we re working to protect Wisconsin s lakes from pollution And as a WISPIRG Intern you can help us win learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign Find out more and apply online Keep Reading Add new comment Media Hit Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water WISPIRG starts off its yearly campaigning WISPIRG kicks off the fall 2010 semester Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2

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  • FAILbook | WISPIRG Students
    of our personal information online Your internet company and smart phone are often tracking the sites you visit building a detailed record of your interests searches and even your location Facebook and company are finding more and more clever ways to sell your data to the highest bidder and there s now a constant stream of stories about identity theft And even when bad things like that don t happen it s just unnerving to know that you re not in control of your information It shouldn t be that way As more and more of our lives are lived online we think that A company should need your permission before collecting and using your information You should also be asked for permission in a way ordinary consumers would understand When you do give permission for your information to be collected or used it s the company s responsibility to make sure it stays secure In the cases where you have virtually no choice but to use a service like your internet provider you shouldn t be required to share your personal information You should have the same protections and choices when using the internet on a mobile device as a computer We re working to make sure that those principles become the standard practice online But in the meantime we want to make sure you have tools to stay in control of your information now What follows is our step by step guide for controlling your information on Facebook For other websites and social networking sites the Federal Trade Commission has put together a one stop shop of advice for protecting your information and computer You can visit it at http www onguardonline gov Resource file download Download the report About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters

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  • Identity Theft | WISPIRG Students
    a debit card Watch out for debit cards Credit cards are safer than debit cards and you have more rights that protect you in case of identity theft when using a credit card You should never use debit cards online and it s best not to use them at all If you do use one however be extra careful not to lose it and to know that the business or organization you use it for is trustworthy What you should know about credit cards Try to carry as few credit cards with you as possible and keep a list of all your accounts in a secure place This information should include account numbers expiration dates and telephone numbers of customer service and fraud departments in case something goes wrong Make a note of when cards are coming and call the company if the card doesn t arrive on time Finally always cancel inactive credit cards because you may lose track of unusual activity if it occurs Keep track of all financial accounts It is important to review your statements on a regular basis to make sure everything looks right Also dispose of your receipts and statements in a way that they won t be accessible to dumpster divers When you order checks you should pick them up at the bank rather then have them mailed to you and you should destroy all checks when you close a checking account Know the warning signs of identity theft If phone calls have been made to your bank s security department asking about your purchases by someone other than yourself you could be in danger The same goes for phone calls from debt collectors about debts you don t owe If your card is rejected in a merchant transaction if odd accounts are appearing on your credit report or if you are receiving bills for accounts you did not open you should worry What To Do if You re A Victim In general if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft or fraud you should not be responsible for fraudulent charges but you do need to clear your name To lessen the impact of fraud and theft take the following steps immediately Contact one of the three major credit bureaus Place a fraud alert on your credit report and obtain free credit reports Once your alert has been confirmed by the credit bureau the other two bureaus will be notified and all three must send you a free credit report Fraud victims are entitled to a free report from each bureau even if they have already obtained one under their state s law The bureaus will immediately send you additional information including information how to 1 extend your initial 90 day fraud alert to 7 years 2 How to file fraud affidavits to dispute charges made by a thief to clear your name and 3 how to block false trade lines from appearing on your report You ll need to check

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