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Symposiums to examine affordable course material and student success

Events at IU Bloomington, IUPUI are part of Open Education Week 2018

According to the Office of Admissions, undergraduate students at Indiana University pay an estimated $1,034 for course materials each year. That's the equivalent of working 142 hours at a minimum-wage job. For many, particularly low-income and food-insecure students, these costs can affect their ability to succeed.

Programs like eTexts and Open Educational Resources (OER) offer course materials for free or at a reduced rate, but faculty members may not be knowledgeable about how to utilize this material.

To assist with this issue, the Office of Scholarly Publishing and UITS have partnered to sponsor two upcoming symposiums. The first is a day-long symposium, “Driving Student Success through Affordable Course Material" on Thursday, March 8 from 10am-4pm at the Herman B Wells Library at IU Bloomington. The second symposium takes place on March 9 from 9am to noon in IUPUI's University Library Auditorium. Learn more here

Three experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be on hand to discuss the connection between course material costs and student success, progression, and retention: 

  • Steel Wagstaff: educational technology consultant for Learning Support Services; works to provide open educational resources collaboratively with students and staff.
  • Kris Olds: professor of geography; has taught multiple Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in collaboration with UW-Madison's Educational Innovation Initiative.
  • Carrie Nelson: director of scholarly communication; specialist in copyright law and OER.

Attendees will also learn how programs (IU eTexts) and software (Pressbooks) can be used to adopt or create affordable textbooks and materials in IUPUI courses.