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Open Educational Resources: Textbook Heroes

Textbook Heroes

Faculty members at USC are using Open Educational Resources to save their students money. Meet your textbook heroes:

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    Karen Edwards, J.D.

Linda Hazlett

 Linda Hazlett, Ph.D.

"My colleagues and I teach Epidemiology 410 every semester to around 550 students each year with increasing demand every year.  My primary goal was to decrease student cost, but I also wanted to increase student use of course content by providing a free interactive online resource."

Karen Edwards

  Karen Edwards, J.D.

"The SCoer! Award was a great opportunity for me to tailor relevant course materials to my students' needs, without adding the burden of a custom course-pack."

Lana Burgess

  Lana Burgess, Ph.D.

"Everyone loves free stuff, especially college students. Promotions, incentives, freebies, and complimentary gifts…whatever they are called, students are eager to participate if they can get something free in return. I have often asked myself, how can I provide access to free curriculum materials beyond posting readings to Blackboard? In learning about the SCOER! Faculty Award program, I discovered my answer. Toss the textbook! As a 2016 recipient of the SCOER! Faculty Award, I am delighted to have had the opportunity to learn about and craft a syllabus using Open Educational Resources (OER). I believe that using online Open Educational Resources meets the 21st century students’ expectations for how they choose to communicate, study, and work, thereby engaging them more fully and providing relevance to them."

Darin Freeburg

  Darin Freeburg, Ph.D.

“If you can take just a little bit of time to look, there is so much quality information available at no cost to students. Access to high quality information is a right for college students that shouldn’t be limited to those able to pay for it.”

Amanda Dalola

  Amanda Dalola, Ph.D.

"Using OER allows me to participate in a group of international collaborators willing to test and improve teaching materials in various educational settings, tweaking activities as necessary and offering invaluable metacommentary on the adjustments they made.

As a teacher of language and linguistics, OER is the best way I know of to build a curriculum that is well curated, accessible to all students and technological platforms and adaptable in infinite ways to each and every learning group.” 

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Shelley Jones

Shelley AJ Jones, Ph.D.

"The population I teach, nontraditional students in Palmetto College, consists of a fair number of students for whom finances have been a hindrance to their access to education. Our mission in Palmetto College is to make education accessible to as many students as possible. I am committed to seeking out ways in which to meet that call, which is why I applied for the SCoer! Award. 

With the generous support of the SCoer! Award team, I redesigned one of the core courses for our degree programs to include reading materials at zero-cost, saving students over $100 each on textbooks. The professors in my unit, one of whom, Dr. R. Mac Jones, is a previous SCoer! Award winner, are now exploring how to make all of our core classes zero-cost for students. 

High-quality Open Educational Resources are readily available for the majority of general education courses since these courses impact the most students. We had to be creative finding appropriate materials for the upper-level internship course I chose to revise. The librarians expertly led me to multiple potential resources from which I generated a reader tailored to the course's objectives. I was able to fill in gaps from the textbook I had previously assigned, while honing in on the concepts from the textbook I found most useful."