Skip to Main Content

Open and Affordable Course Materials

Open and Affordable Course Materials Initiatives

East Tennessee State University’s Open and Affordable Course Materials Initiatives provides training and financial incentives for instructors to reduce student textbook costs. Our initiative supports both the use of Open Educational Resources and Affordable course materials.

Find out more about specific initiatives: 

Aside from our local initiatives, the state of Tennessee also has resources and funding for those seeking to use open and affordable course materials. Please visit Tennessee Open Education for more information. 

Funding

Initiatives are co-funded by the Student Library Fee decided by Charles C. Sherrod Library' Student Advisory Council, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the ETSU Instructional Design Grant, and the TBR Open Educational Resources Grant.

TBR OER Grant: ETSU received a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to improve diversity, equity and inclusion by implementing Open Educational Resources and Affordable materials in courses with a high number of underrepresented students, particularly those in the general education curriculum. Funds were used to create a temporary DEI track in the awards program and stipends for workshops. The project team has representation from ETSU’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, Multicultural Center, Charles C. Sherrod Library, Center for Teaching Excellence, Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying, Institutional Research, and Office of the Provost.

ETSU Instructional Design Grant: Travis Clamon, Ashley Sergiadis, and Jennifer Young received $2,500 to purchase library e-textbooks and pilot the e-textbooks reserves program.

What do our students say they spend on textbooks...

$838_Puppy_for_my_Girlfriend

I spent $838 on textbooks this year. I could have bought a puppy for my girlfriend.

$250_Floor_Tickets_to_Beyonce

I spent $250 on textbooks this year. I could have bought floor tickets to Beyoncé.

$600_Saved

I spent $600 on textbooks this year. I could have saved.

$850_MCAT_Test_Fees

I spent $850 on textbooks this year. I could have bought MCAT Test Fees. 

$500_Clothes_for_My_Daughter

I spent $500 on textbooks this year. I could have bought clothes for my daughter.

Creative Commons License
Open Educational Resources guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Presentation on OA Initiatives

Contact

Please email oer@etsu.edu with any questions or requests.

Impact of Initiatives