Celebrating our Trailblazers in Open and Affordable Education at UConn
Trailblazers are bold and caring faculty who free themselves from commercial textbooks and provide exceptional learning opportunities using alternative materials in their courses.
Affordable course materials include:
- Faculty created new learning materials : textbooks, syllabi, videos, interactive online modules, etc.
- Linking to course readings selected from the library's collections of online resources
- Negotiating with the publishers for lower prices on commercial textbooks
- Adapting or adopting resources from one of many OER Repositories around the world
- Using Public Domain texts, data, or images for analysis and new knowledge creation
Here are our UConn Trailblazers
They have saved our students over $400,000 since our initiative's humble beginnings in Fall of 2015.
Let us know how you help students afford a UConn degree. Post your good work here to share with our community.
Owen Svalestad and Derek Johnson will use a combination of adapting, creating, revising, and remixing to bring an affordable textbook for General Education courses in Economics beginning in the Spring of 2018.
Adam Giambrone and Erin Rizzie will be adopting and adapting an open-source active learning textbook, Active Calculus, by Austin, Boelkins, and Schlicker , using the open source MAA WebWorK online homework system [WeBWorK], and using innovative active learning pedagogy for Math 1151Q: Honors Calculus I in the mathematics department.
Jamie Vaudrey, Avery Point Marine Sciences, has used open materials in her classes for over 8 years. With this grant, she will modify current and develop new resources into an open textbook to be served through HuskyCT and openly available to all. This new OER resource will delve into writing skills, translation of science, self-editing, researching a topic, reading journal articles, and logical argument development.
Drew Jaramillo and Amit Savkar will be using their years of teaching expertise to create a new open textbook for Pre-Calculus as well as creating the online help, quiz, and text banks.