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Supporting Students: OER and Textbook Affordability Initiatives at a Mid-Sized University

  • May 20, 2020 10:10 PM
    Message # 8983273
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, June 11 1:15pm - 2:05pm

    Jennifer L. Pate

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    In 2018 the Alabama Commission on Higher Education kicked off a statewide program to increase awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) at colleges and universities. Spurred by the efforts of ACHE, the University of North Alabama committed to OER and textbook affordability programs and included OER adoption as a key aspiration in their 2019-2024 strategic plan "Roaring with Excellence". With support from the president and provost of the university, Collier Library adopted strategic purchasing initiatives, including database purchases to support specific courses as well as purchasing reserve copies of textbooks for high-enrollment, required classes. In addition, the scholarly communications librarian became a founding member of the OER workgroup on campus. This group’s mission is to direct efforts for increasing faculty awareness and adoption of OER. This presentation will discuss the structure of the each of these programs from initial idea to implementation. Included will be discussions of assessment of faculty and student awareness, development of an OER grant program, starting a textbook purchasing program, promotion of efforts, funding, and future goals.

    Last modified: June 15, 2020 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • June 14, 2020 11:42 PM
    Reply # 9037450 on 8983273

    Remaining questions for Jennifer Pate, “Supporting Students: OER & Textbook Affordability Initiatives at a Mid-Sized University.”

    Elizabeth Boniface 01:54 PM
    What other ways are the Cengage inclusive access models bad other than students not having ownership of the textbooks?

    Tina Mullins 01:56 PM
    How much usage do have for print reserves?

    Ola El Zein 02:01 PM
    Can you tell us more about the Canvas course?
    And also about the main duties of the faculty who get the stipend?

    Elizabeth McDonald
    How has this impacted  the traditional monograph / acquisitions budget

  • June 17, 2020 10:17 AM
    Reply # 9042786 on 8983273

    For more info about the issues with inclusive access, I really like this piece from Daniel Williamson of OpenStax

    Our print reserve is heavily used - I don't keep those stats since I don't work in access services, but I can follow up with them.  I know it was our second most-requested item while we were closed to the students and only did remote delivery (number one request was for loaner laptops).

    The canvas course was adapted from two courses - Affordable Learning Georgia has public OER modules as does Open Washington.  Both were invaluable in building the Canvas course.  I have moved the course to the Canvas commons and you can view it there - if you don't have a canvas account you can sign up for a free one that will let you view it.

    Faculty have to put in applications for the stipend - the application covers all they want to do - what items they are replacing, what their timeline is, what materials they plan to use.  Once we have given them the stipend, it is paid in increments - partial payment once agreement is signed, and remaining payments once milestones are met.  They have to complete the canvas course and they have to meet with an instructional designer and/or librarian to make sure they are on track during the project.

    The textbook affordability initiative has impacted our library budget- but not in a negative way.  We are looking at ways to make the best decisions for purchasing items that will actively support the learning outcomes in the various colleges on our campus and then leveraging those numbers to hopefully get a budget increase.

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