Professor Karen Winstead's textbook for English 2201 appears highly unusual to those familiar with typical texts surrounding British Literature to 1800. The chosen texts, authored by diverse writers from a time period that valued predominantly white voices, resulted in an inclusive, guided resource for her students. By devoting the ALX grant funding entirely towards student salaries, Professor Winstead utilized the unique insight of both her undergraduate and graduate students throughout the entirety of the editing process. The result was a free, guided textbook with only the most relevant and engaging annotations and study materials.
How do the environment and religion connect? That’s exactly what Professor Greg Hitzhusen is trying to explain to his students in his Religion and Environmental Values in America course through the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read his interview to learn how he used an Affordable Learning Exchange grant at Ohio State to create a new learning resource for students.
The College of Social Work creates leaders who ignite change in communities. However, Professor Audrey Begun is also a leader igniting change for the Ohio State community by providing students with free learning materials. As a second-time Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grant winner, Begun is excited to create another free alternative to textbooks with the help of Jennie Babcock, Director of Undergrad Programs for the college.
Open education is a worldwide movement that comes with shared successes and challenges. Positive student experiences and innovative pedagogical practices come with the use of OERs and affordable course materials, but communicating the value of this work isn’t always straightforward, especially...