Case Studies

ALX grants help faculty transform their course materials for courses of all sizes and types at Ohio State. Typical projects employ multiple strategies, including adopting an open textbook, adapting or remixing open-licensed materials or even creating brand new resources. Each project results in a customized learning experience for students.

Browse recent ALX-funded projects to learn more, or skip to a specific year by clicking the buttons below. 

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2019 Cohort

Art

Picking up where she left off with last year’s lending library project, Deb Scott will implement a supply check out system and create new kits for each student in the drawing...

Communications

Jasmine Roberts has updated Writing for Strategic Communication, a Pressbook she wrote with the support of a previous ALX grant. Roberts has also expanded the textbook’s...

Dr. Kraft will author a new Pressbook on writing features for newspapers, magazines and websites. This book will be used not only in the Feature Writing course, but in other...

Design

Mary Anne Beecher, the Design department Chair, will create a digital timeline that will replace a conventional textbook in a course that is moving to an online delivery format...

Dr. Proulx will redesign the research portion of students’ capstone project, which will result in the creation of a digital newspaper supported by Wordpress. The live nature of...

Education and Human Ecology

As the course moves toward a hybrid in-person and online delivery, Dr. Jones will avoid the adoption of a conventional textbook in favor of fully open learning materials. This...

This project involves the compilation of a new course text which will include openly licensed and library materials. A course redesign will ensure that students are...

Professor Bogicevic intends to replace the four required textbooks, as well as the subscription-based membership in the Association for the Healthcare Environments with a...

Entomology

Dr. Nicol plans to convert an iBook into a Pressbook, which will provide access to a larger number of students. Additionally, she plans to develop a series of videos on insect...

French

Dr. Torrini-Roblin will replace a series of learning materials including a textbook with an original course packet that will be available to students at cost of printing. The...

Knowlton School of Architecture

Dr. Moore will author a new digital book to replace the two books assigned for her course. This book will not only be free for students, but will be better tailored to the...

Mathematics

Dr. Tychonievich will author a new textbook that entails basic use of R to solve example problems through programming. The book will be used in conjunction with an open...

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Pancoast intends to facilitate a lending library of Raspberry Pis in order to support the mechanical engineering capstone projects of seniors in the department. These tools...

Music

Fosler-Lussier is proposing a replacement of two expensive and dated textbooks with a digital compilation of openly licensed and library-managed scores and recordings. The...

Psychology

Melissa Beers is to develop new instructor-curated and integrated teaching resources, including videos, activities, and assignments, that reflect the objectives and...

Psychology (Lima)

Dr. Tompkins will be replacing a conventional textbook with a compilation of open and library materials, including an open textbook, podcasts in the public domain, and articles...

Social Work

Dr. Meshelemiah will replace the current textbook with an original Pressbook. This book will be featured in a newly redesigned course based around OER and original faculty-...

Spanish and Portuguese

Elena Foulis will prepare a Pressbook based on OER material which will act as the primary text in a new course for heritage speakers, an often-overlooked series of courses that...

This project will create a textbook that includes the three main variants of Quechua, and includes rich multimedia experience to support engaged student learning.

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Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Berrian will replace a traditional textbook with a series of case studies created using OER, which will provide a problem-based, experiential learning experience for...

Christopher Premanandan is working to develop a new web site that integrates an openly licensed textbook with a tool that allows students to view and manipulate slides...

Dr. Inpanbutr will create a series of videos on canine dissection and anatomical structures, which, combined with digital illustrations and original quizzing, will replace a...

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2018 Cohort

Anthropology

Mark Moritz proposes a redesign of the cultural anthropology course, based on online materials from Michael Wesch. Moritz aims to turn the course into a learning experience...

Art

Deborah Scott’s project will use ALX grant funding to create a library of commonly used tools and supplies for the General Education and foundational courses in the Department...

Dennis Learning Center

Lauren Hensley has proposed to redesign the Online Learning course and replace the costly textbook with engaging online materials that are integrated into Carmen, including...

Dentistry

Using a combination of instructor-written content, openly-licensed material, and library resources, Brian Partido proposes course redesign that replaces the conventionally...

Design

This project aims to reduce the cost of a mandatory course supply kit by purchasing an adequate supply of specialized tools that are unlikely to be needed beyond the study of...

Sébastien Proulx plans to design and build rolling carts that will serve as communal resource centers for Design students in Hayes Hall, making scrap pieces from large design...

English

In this proposal that spans two regional campuses, Andrew Kinney will curate a collection of digital materials and series of student-enrichments for the compositions course....

After an extended formal assessment process, Christa Teston will replace a textbook with a living, open source repository that provides accessible and affordable materials for...

Along with an experienced team including representatives from regional campuses, Jonathan Buehl will create and curate a set of open access materials to replace current...

Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology

Zakee Sabree will redesign the existing course by leveraging Ohio State libraries to deliver a familiar, omniplatform experience that will replace the need for conventionally...

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

This project will develop an online Pressbooks textbook to replace two books that will synthesize seven years of course material, exercises and lectures to provide a text that...

Mathematics

Elizabeth Miller will lead the expansion of the Ximera open textbook platform to the Calculus 1, 2, and 3 courses offered on all of Ohio State’s campuses, including Calculus...

Again expanding the use of Ximera, Yu Tsumura will replace the standard linear algebra textbook with an implementation of the open textbook combined with a digital, open...

Moritz College of Law

Guy Rub will prepare statutory supplements for his paired contracts courses, which will include edited provisions from the Restatement of Contracts, and the Uniform Commercial...

Nursing

Lee Cordell will redesign the Advanced Pharmacology graduate nursing course by replacing conventionally published textbooks with original, instructor-authored content combined...

Political Science

Rachel Bowen will create a free online collection of materials to replace textbooks in her Mansfield campus political science course. The redesign will be flexible enough to be...

Psychology

Amy Brunell will avoid the usage of a conventionally published textbook in her course that is a new offering at the Mansfield campus. The new resource will include journal...

School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Erika Kemp proposes to replace the materials from two courses with a collection of curated materials, including videos, Medicare resources, and patient simulation videos.

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Sarah Rusnak will replace multiple textbooks with a combination of data from the public domain, existing open resources, and instructor expertise. The result will be new...

Social Work

As a veteran of the ALX program, Audrey Begun and Jennie Babcock will replace conventionally published textbooks with free, open-source materials in three social work courses....

Teaching and Learning

Karen Macbeth proposes the creation of two digital textbooks for ESL courses. The first will adapt library’s original digital book, Choosing and Using Sources to match...

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Zoe Thompson will replace a traditional textbook with a digital curation of ebooks, online journals, memoirs, papers, literary magazines and videos using the various resources...

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2017 Cohort

Anesthesiology

Satyapriya will create a digital product to train residents in the College of Medicine and beyond.

Communication

Sterenberg will replace a required textbook with a collection of free materials, including, first-person expertise from 8-10 established professionals and videos that explain key...

East Asian Languages and Literatures

Xie will replace a textbook with openly-licensed texts and videos, and library resources in conjunction with original material based on lecture notes. 

Economics

Hartman will be building on her previous ALX project, leading a team of subject matter experts from partner institutions to develop open assessment tools for macroeconomics.

Engineering Education

As part of her new proposed course, Faure will develop her own learning materials that will be made available to students in a digital format.

English

Squires will replace a textbook with materials she has generated over time, including both readings and activities. She also plans to author new material that she will openly...

Internal Medicine

Curren will generate savings by creating her own learning materials instead of adopting traditionally-published textbooks for her unit on bias and stereotyping.

Mathematics

Sheldon will replace the current text with a collection of library resources for her course on the history of mathematics.

Music

Rubinstein will replace the textbook in his audio production class with self-authored materials, scripts, and newly developed video content.

Nursing

Jauch will revamp the RN to BSN nursing program by replacing textbooks in up to six courses by using a combination of instructor-written content, openly-licensed material, and...

Social Work

Begun will replace her current textbook with a digital library of resources that will be sourced from the public domain as well as the library’s collection for her course.
Raiz and Stepney will work together to deliver a combination of openly-licensed materials and library resources that will replace the textbooks in three social work diversity...

Veterinary Biosciences

Jennings will replace a traditional textbook with a digital collection of text-based learning materials generated by instructors, in conjunction with proprietary, annotated images...