University of Alaska Anchorage: Call for Applications – $ 1,000 Award for Affordable Course Materials

November 17, 2021

Have you adopted open educational resources (OER) * or, in another way, significantly
reduces the cost of course materials or textbooks in that current semester or in a
previous? Or do you know a colleague who has?

If so, consider nominating yourself or a colleague (s) for a $ 1,000 consortium library.
Affordable course material prices. We intend to present at least 10 awards in 2022.
For collaborative projects, each contributing member is eligible to receive up to
$ 1000. The objective of the prize is twofold. First, we would like to recognize the faculty
which have made lasting and substantial cost reductions for students. The second
the aim is to encourage teachers to get the cost of their course material as close
to zero as possible.

In an environment of rapidly increasing costs of higher education, the relaxation of
The burden felt by students is essential to their success. A significant part of this burden
is the increase in the costs of textbooks and course materials. In addition to finances
benefits for students, affordable content encourages a better educational experience
in which all students have access to materials on the first day of class, regardless of
their financial situation. Switch from classes to free media (like OER)
was found to increase retention, improve surrogacy, and ease the path to graduation
(Colvard, et al.). The use of OER also increases the possibilities for creative pedagogical approaches.
by the instructors.

Faculty can directly reduce textbook costs for students by forgoing commercial textbooks
in favor of OER, the resources of the Consortium library, documents available free of charge on the Web,
instructor-designed course materials and other low-cost or free resources. The library
The consortium’s advisory committee and library support these efforts.

To nominate yourself or others, complete the nomination survey by March 1, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received
this price.

On a related issue, are you interested in transitioning your course (s) to OER or
other materials free of charge? Consider taking the UAA’s OER / ZTC certificate program, which provides faculty with the essential information needed to consider the transition
courses away from commercial products to REL or ZTC course materials (zero cost of textbooks).

Sam Cook, [email protected] Library Advisory Committee

* OER refers to “teaching, learning and research resources that are free and
access barriers, and which are also provided with a legal authorization for open use “(SPARC).


This press release was produced by the University of Alaska Anchorage. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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