Every Dollar Counts
Providing students with the best possible education usually comes at a price, but it doesn’t mean it has to be a cost that is out of reach. With that in mind, Kennesaw State faculty members have been actively working with students to find cost-saving pathways to learning.
As part of Affordable Learning Georgia, an initiative from the University System of Georgia, KSU has been making use of open educational resources (OERs) – openly available course materials – as a way to ease the financial burden of textbooks and increase student engagement.
Kennesaw State University has been participating in this program since 2015. Since that time, faculty and staff have been awarded 48 grants to develop course materials. These materials have saved more than 21,000 students approximately $4.7 million per year. This program has benefitted students across the university in a variety of courses, which has helped to ease some of the financial burden associated with a college education.
Through the coordination of Dr. Tamara Powell, professor of English and ALG KSU Campus Champion, and Dr. Carey Huddlestun, Research and Instruction Librarian and ALG KSU Campus Librarian, our faculty members are constantly looking for affordable alternatives to expensive textbooks. For example, Uli Ingram, Geographic Information Science Lab Manager and lecturer of Geography, has moved to OER materials for two GIS courses and is working towards utilizing OERs for all courses within the GIS minor and certificate programs.
Another way that Kennesaw State is sharing its knowledge and success with OERs is through an online course developed by Tiffani Reardon, instructional designer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. While this course was designed to help educate and provide resources on how to develop OERs for KSU faculty, it has been shared by the USG with other Georgia institutions to encourage and help their faculty participate in the use of these free resources.
This program addresses KSU’s goal to provide students a high-quality education while also looking for creative solutions to help keep costs manageable.