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Open and Affordable Course Materials

Awards Program

The Open and Affordable Course Materials Awards Program started during the 2018-2019 academic year, awarding instructors who implement Open Educational Resources and other affordable materials in their courses. As of Fall 2021…  

  • $110,650 have been awarded to 9 cohorts and 27 individuals  
  • 47 courses (total of 109 sections) will use open or affordable materials  
  • Approximately $400,000 is estimated to be saved by over 3,000 students within the first semester that the open and affordable materials are implemented 
  • 9 OER award projects have been published in Digital Commons@ETSU and downloaded or streamed over 30,000 times as of November 2021
  • Based on survey data, approximately 95% of students and faculty rated the quality of the open/affordable materials the same as or better than the texts in their other courses

E-Textbook Reserves

Sherrod Library began to provide e-textbooks to students when they are available for purchase or through subscriptions in Fall 2020. As of Fall 2021…  

  • 240 e-textbooks have been purchased or made available through subscriptions 
  • 215 courses have used e-textbooks purchased or subscribed through the library  
  • Almost $300,000 is estimated to be saved by over 4,900 students the first time that the e-textbooks are implemented  
  • Based on survey data, approximately 93% of students and faculty did not find it difficult to implement, access, and/or use the e-textbooks