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.
ALX funds projects that help make education more affordable for students while promoting excellent pedagogy and ownership of course materials among Ohio State faculty and teaching staff. The ALX team works with grant winners to help them find creative solutions to increase savings and promote innovative teaching methods. The possibilities are endless! From re-imagining textbooks to exploring existing open resources, from lending required tool kits to developing material sharing programs—opportunities exist for any type of class at Ohio State.
Lauren Hensley and her teaching team are in the process of turning their Online Learning class from book-based material to all online learning materials. This project not only saves students money--it allows the instructors to make the course material more valuable and flexible, further benefitting the students.
The Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) is requesting proposals to participate in its next cohort. ALX awards grants to instructors who want to transform their courses using open and affordable materials. Any course at The Ohio State University is eligible for consideration–from small seminars to...
Join the Affordable Learning Exchange partners and former grant winners as we celebrate Open Education Week , March 5-9. Through this week-long series of webinars and events, participants will learn the ins and outs of using or creating open content and its impact on teaching and learning at Ohio State and beyond.
In the process of making learning affordable, how do we know we’re not sacrificing the quality of educational resources? Is there a way to get a general idea of how students perceive free or low-cost digital materials? A team of researchers at The Ohio State University wanted to find out.
Through this project, new learning materials will save students approximately $6,000 annually. Continue reading to learn more about one instructor’s experience developing openly licensed content for her class with the help of ALX.