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Friday, November 8 • 11:45am - 12:10pm
Starting small in a big way: OER in a large lecture course at UGA

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According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), over a third of University of Georgia (UGA) students had unmet financial needs. Textbooks and other educational materials contribute to those financial challenges, costing students an average of $900 to $1200 a year (Wiley, Green & Soares, 2012). The presenters received funding from the state of Georgia to investigate approaches for addressing this issue using open educational resources. At UGA, our greatest probability for impact exists in high enrollment courses that require expensive textbooks. For example, a new, introductory textbook in many science courses costs approximately $150. If a single faculty member teaches two sections of 300 students in a given semester (600 students total), the potential cost saving for those students in a single semester is $90,000. These savings could increase significantly in each subsequent semester as more faculty members adopt OER for their courses. The project was designed to provide a faculty member who teaches large enrollment courses with needed time, incentives, and instructional development resources to make the transition from an expensive textbook to an OER-based course.

In this session, the project team will share the development, support, and deployment of the initiative, as well as next steps. The presenters will discuss their roles and challenges encountered so far, including in areas of planning, faculty support, research, teaching, and learning. Session attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences with similar initiatives or come away with ideas for new programs on their campuses.

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Sherry Clouser

Assistant Director of Learning Technologies, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning
Lord, please help me become the person my dogs think I am. --Dawn Ewing
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Denise Domizi

Coordinator of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia

Friday November 8, 2013 11:45am - 12:10pm
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