Affordable Educational Resources Course Redesign Institute
Instructor: Stephen Finlay, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Franklin D. Schurz Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-4209
Meeting time: All Fridays in June 2019, 10 a.m. to Noon.
Location: IU South Bend University Center for Excellence in Teaching, Northside Hall 245. If unable to attend in person, each session will be streamed live via the web.
Stipend for completion: Office of Academic Affairs is offering a $1,200 stipend for completion of this program.
The Franklin D. Schurz Library and UCET, in cooperation with the IU South Bend Office of Academic Affairs, is very excited to announce the Summer 2019 Affordable Educational Resources Course Redesign Institute. OERs are educational materials licensed for open use or are in the public domain. With textbook costs increasing by 81% over the last ten years, purchasing educational materials has become a hindrance for many students. Recent studies have found students reporting choosing classes based on textbook cost or taking courses without buying the required texts. This hurts both enrollment and educational outcomes. Schools such as the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Portland State University, City University of New York and State University of New York have saved their students hundreds of thousands of dollars through active OER programs.
Over the course of five weeks, IUSB faculty and instructors taking this course will learn about a number of OER resources for locating quality, reviewed educational materials. In addition, we will cover other alternative resources, such as those available through existing IU South Bend or IU-wide subscriptions. We will also learn about copyright considerations and, finally, creating new, homegrown OERs here at IUSB. Faculty and instructors taking the redesign institute will identify and integrate alternative materials into existing or future courses. From researching similar programs at peer institutions, many who take this course will prefer to take a hybrid approach of integrating OER or existing subscription materials in addition to material they create themselves. Those who complete the course will receive a stipend funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.