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Economics of Gender, ECON 540.

Textbooks/Resources Used

Anoshua Chaudhuri was able to reduce the cost of her student's materials to $0 by replacing the $100 textbook for the course with free journal articles, readings and powerpoints. With the help of a graduate teaching assistant, Anoshua was able to provide quality content to her students through the use of iLearn and the library journal databases.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources: minimum of $100
For an average enrollment of 40 economics students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 40 x (up to $100) = up to $4,000

General Chemistry sequence, CHEM 115 and CHEM 215.

Textbooks/Resources Used

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department has launched a project to try and reduce the costs of our one-year General Chemistry sequence. In the past we’ve required students to purchase a specific textbook, a subscription to an online homework system, an iClicker, a lab manual, goggles and a lab notebook. These costs could run over $350 depending on where the textbook was purchased and whether a new or used text was chosen.  

We started by developing a very specific set of student learning outcomes, and linked them to sections in a couple of different textbooks. That way students have options for what text they use and can use older additions, which tend to be a lot cheaper. We also provide links on our iLearn sites to a couple of free online textbooks. Although none of the current online textbooks are sufficient for an entire course, they can be used to supplement other sources of information.  We make sure that students can continue to use the text they purchased for the first semester course in the second, even if there’s a gap in time between the two.

We have stopped printing a lab manual that students are required to purchase. Print copies of the manual are available in the labs and all labs are posted in pdf format on the course iLearn sites.

We are using an online homework system that has an accompanying and integrated etext, which can be purchased for almost $200 less than the hard copy of the text. Students can also purchase the online homework system access alone, and it can be used for a 24 month period.

We will continue to try and reduce the cost of our course to students as much as we are able, and hope to get to a point where a free, online text will be a viable option.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources: up to $300
For an average enrollment of 400 new General Chemistry sequence students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 400 x (up to $300) = up to $120,000

Black Online: Cyberspace, Culture, Community, AFRS 266.

Textbooks/Resources Used

Dawn-Elissa Fischer eliminated the cost of course materials for AFRS 310: Anthropology of Blackness, by searching for peer reviewed journal articles and utilizing the learning management system to eliminate printing costs. Dr. Fischer made all of her materials available through the J. Paul Leonard Library databases and worked closely with SF State’s Disability Programs and Resource Center to ensure all of the course materials were accessible.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources: minimum of $88
For an average enrollment of 35 students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 35 x (up to $88)= up to $3,100

First Year Composition, ENG 114.

Textbooks/Resources Used

The Department of English Language and Literature committed to moving their English 114 print resource to a free and open online resource. By replacing the First Year Composition Guide book, the department was able to save students and average of $22 for the printed book as well as additional printing costs to the student and department. With the support of campus resources, the entire FYC guide is now available for free online, making the content accessible to faculty, students and campus community.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources: $22
Over 50 sections of English 114 were offered during Fall 2015, bringing the overall savings to students per term to $71,595.

Computer Resource Specialist: ITEC 816.

Textbooks/Resources Used

Pat Donohue lowered the cost of her course materials by adopting an ebook that is relatively inexpensive and utilizing iLearn to provide access to course content to students for free. SmartPens and eReaders are both devices that are required for the course, in order to gain experience in working with various technology. In addition to adopting an affordable textbook, Dr. Donohue was able to set up a check-out system for SmartPens and Nooks for students that cannot afford to purchase their own devices.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources:minimum of $120
For an average enrollment of 12 students in one term, the overall savings to students per terms is: 12 x (up to $120) = $1440

LBS 400: Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - Spring 2014.

Textbooks/Resources Used

Book: In Search of Understanding/Available on ebrary free of charge.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this resource: $16.95
List Price @ Bookstore: $16.95
Price through ebrary: $0.00

LBS 400: Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - Spring 2014.

Textbooks/Resources Used

Book: In Search of Understanding/Available on ebrary free of charge.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this resource: $16.95
List Price @ Bookstore: $16.95
Price through ebrary: $0.00

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