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See how facultu have made instructional materials more affordable for their students.

Nancy Gerber (lead), Chemistry and Biochemistry

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.  

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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

Amy Kilgard, Communications Studies

Fundamentals of Oral Communication, COMM 150

Textbooks/Resources Used

The biggest challenge with this course is that we have 60—65 sections per semester with approximately 30 faculty teaching every term. We have a textbook that we shrink down to exactly what we want for our students and supplement that with an open-source option. Having the integration with an etext in iLearn is a major advantage to our students.

Student Savings

For 60-65 sections, the overall savings per semester = up to $74,480

Bruce Robertson, Marketing

Principles of Marketing, MKTG 431

Textbooks/Resources Used

I had been thinking about writing a book a long time, so I worked with a publisher and a target price point of fifty dollars. We were writing from common knowledge, there’s no copyrights. I was careful with illustrations to use royalty-free in the public domain or create them myself. Any royalties from SFSU students go to the college. There’s an obligation to (1) make the instructional materials affordable and (2) to encourage students to use the materials.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this set of resources: minimum of $100 For an average enrollment of 1200 economics students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 1200 x (up to $100) = up to $112,000

Bridget McCracken, The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Textbooks/Resources Used

We wanted to level the playing field for faculty, so we created an iLearn site for the faculty with references, links, a one-stop shop to find everything quickly and efficiently. Then I met one-on-one with faculty to explore their syllabi and the materials they used in their courses. We are committed to making this an annual agenda item for faculty meetings at course adoption time. We hope to be able to touch all of our classes within two years.

Student Savings

Per semester = $106,303

Crystal Wong, English Language and Literature

First-Year Composition: ENG 104-105 Stretch Courses

Textbooks/Resources Used

I asked students what I could do to enhance their learning environment, and their responses prompted me to move everything from paper to online. Being a student in online courses myself really taught me to be selective in what I posted so that I can continue to deliver a user-friendly and learning-oriented platform.

Student Savings

Per semester = up to $13,900

Venoo Kakar, Economics

Applied Time Series Econometrics, ECON 825

Textbooks/Resources Used

Open-source textbooks and open-source software, called R, and everything was integrated into iLearn. Now they can access the course materials and the software on their own computers anywhere, anytime. And these texts are more up-to-date, so we have a course that is very relevant and current.

Student Savings

Per semester = up to $10,224

Bo Ferns, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Asian Food, Culture, and Hospitality, HTM 351

Textbooks/Resources Used

The biggest challenge is to find high-quality free or affordable teaching materials. I tried to find matching materials from open-textbooks, online resources, wrote my own, and then I incorporated library journal articles.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this resource: $129.00
For an average enrollment of 88 students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 88 x (up to $129) = up to $11,440

Jonathan Lee, Asian American Studies

Vietnamese in the United States, AAS 370

Textbooks/Resources Used

There are a lot of open-access free material that I use instead of assigning a textbook that is 30 years old. They’re from a very limited perspective. There is new work, based on the ground up, and scholarship that challenges the grand narrative of American success overseas. This is more comprehensive and up-to-date material that offers a different perspective.

Student Savings

Savings per student for this resource: $110.00
For an average enrollment of 72 students in one term, the overall savings to students per term is: 72 x (up to $110) = up to $7,952

Michael Bar, Economics

Introduction to Econometrics, ECON 312

Textbooks/Resources Used

I was dissatisfied with the textbooks, the theory they present, and the software. Statistical software R is not only free, but is the main tool used in data analytics and for data scientists. So I decided to write my own notes to integrate the theory with the statistical software R. That saves my students from paying for both the textbook and the software. Anyone with access to the internet has access to my materials, so this will not only save my students money, but help them for the rest of their careers.

Student Savings

Per semester = up to $6,000

Hsiao-Yun Chu, Design and Industry

Model Development Laboratory, DAI 360

Textbooks/Resources Used

Creative art students have to buy art supplies and materials that can easily add up to $100 - $200. We look for suppliers that offer discounts. We teach students the techniques and suppliers to knock the cost down. I encourage students to be resourceful and to trade with each other.

Student Savings

Per semester = up to $1,680

Anoshua Chaudhuri, Economics

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

Dawn-Elissa Fischer, Africana Studies

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

Department of English Language and Literature

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.

Patricia Donohue, Instructional Technologies

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

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