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 $900,000 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.
Dr. Clyde Cady and Dr. Joseph Depasquale with some of the Chemistry Grad TAs, Spring 2018
Dr. Alexia Smith, Anthropology. In her course Great Discoveries in Archaeology, Dr. Smith will use rich media, news, research articles, and primary data.
Emma Bojinova, Agriculture and Resource Economics, adopting and supplementing an existing OER Textbook for ARE 1150.
Astronomy Faculty at the UConn Physics Observatory on Oct. 14, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Lois Lake Church, English, UConn Waterbury, adopting an open access textbook and open pedagogy authored by Dr. Ellen Carillo, one of this year's recipients of UConn's Provost Award for Open (see above).
Shane Peterson, German Film Studies, now at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. This course fulfills two general education requirements. will transition to open learning materials in Fall 2017 as a broader pedagogical rethinking that will result in a fully online for intersession 2017 and a flipped classroom iteration in Spring 2018. Above all, the proposed open materials will aid visual learners.
Alexander Teplyaev, Ambar Sengupta, and other Math faculty are creating a new open textbook in Probability Theory for MATH 3160. Many UConn students have already been testing the textbook to rave reviews and the Department has already enabled student savings of over $150,000. Soon to be publish to the world as OER and licensed CC-BY.
Dr. Kimberli Treadwell, Psychology, UConn Waterbury, says, "Due to the prohibitive cost of textbooks, my students have shared textbooks, purchased older, cheaper editions, or have foregone a textbook. Adapting an OER textbook will allow Waterbury students greater access to course materials in terms of cost, and multiple avenues of access including online use, download use, or print copy."
Dr. Edward Neth was our first Trailblazer to adapt an OpenStax text for UConn. OpenStax recently announced that, "The Atoms First version of the Chemistry text was published less than a year ago and it has already impacted over 159,000 students, saving them $1.56 million." Photo by Mei Buzzell, UConn Daily Campus, 10/9/15.
Joseph DePasquale, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. First adopter of OpenStax Chemistry beginning Spring, 2016. He is currently creating ancillary materials for the text as OER.
Dr. Ellen Carillo, Department of English, UConn Waterbury, authored A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading, an open-access textbook, which will be used by First Year Writing and "W" classes beginning Fall, 2017.
Caner Hazar, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology. Instructor for SOCI 1501: Race, Class, and Gender. Completely redesigned his course. One student said:
"I can tell the curriculum was more thought out, as every part was handpicked. It made the unit comprehensive and often made the issue more contemporary and practical."
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.
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.
Challa Kumar, professor of chemistry, center, with Inoka Deshapriya, left, and Caterina Riccardi, both graduate students on Oct. 28, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo). Dr. Kumar will be creating OER texts and ancillaries for Physical Chemistry.
Dr. David Miller (retired 2017) has been involved in Open Education for many years creating podcasts of classroom lectures for his students. Dr. Miller and his former student, Addison Zhao, recently co-authored as chapter in a new book - Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science
Dr. Nina Stein, Chemistry, UConn Waterbury. Dr. Stein utilized the OpenStax Connexion platform and adapted the Chemistry textbook to better match her pedagogical approach for CHEM1127.
Dr. Jason Oliver Chang, Professor of History and Asian American Studies, built his Immigration course around public domain historical data, scholarly articles, and relevant online resources.