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Friday, November 4 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
A Tale of Two Campuses: Open Educational Resources in Florida and California Academic Institutions

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Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a high-quality and low-cost alternative to traditional textbooks. The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of San Diego (USD) have been engaged in a multitude of efforts related to textbook affordability. This presentation will discuss the textbook affordability climate at the national, state (Florida and California), and local (UCF and USD).

The University of Central Florida constituents will highlight an unique partnership with three different units across campus. Macro and micro ventures and lessons learned will be shared ranging from student perceptions of open education resources to influencing the next university bookstore contract, in addition to specific case studies with faculty teaching online and face-to-face courses.

Librarians at the University of San Diego will introduce the Copley Library OER initiative and an evaluation of the first year pilot experience. The speakers will also discuss plans to improve the program including collaborating with past participants, connecting with university stakeholders, and requesting more financial support.

Attendees will come away with numerous approaches to reduce textbook/course material cost to students. They will also be able to identify and collaborate with strategic partners as they consider textbook affordability efforts at their institutions.


Julia Hess

Collection Services and Metadata Librarian, University of San Diego
Julia Hess has served as the Collection Services and Metadata Librarian at Copley Library since July 2013. Her day-to-day work revolves around coordinating the ordering and cataloging of books and media to make sure faculty and students get the resources they need as quickly as possible... Read More →

Alejandra Nann

Associate Professor, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, University of San Diego
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Sarah Norris

Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Central Florida
Sarah Norris is Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. In this role, she leads the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication and open access efforts, with an emphasis on scholarly publishing and copyright. She has presented at local, state, national... Read More →

John Raible

Instructional Designer, UCF Center for Distributed Learning

Friday November 4, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401