Textbook Transformation Grants

Round One Projects Gallery
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Image of Lu Kang and Zhigang Li

Team: Lu Kang and Zhigang Li
Course: CHEM 1211
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $240.00
Description: Replaced a commercial textbook and homework system with an adopted open textbook and a course redesign.

Quotes: "I collected a lot of useful information from in-class student surveys or quizzes, which help me understand the academic background of our current students. This is critical to improve our teaching. From the analyses and the comparison of my data collections, I found a lot of interesting things in teaching CHEM 1211."

Image of Anthony Scheffler, Shirley Andrews, and Nancy Sartin

Team: Anthony Scheffler, Shirley Andrews, and Nancy Sartin
Course: ECED 4500
Institution: Valdosta State University
Saved Per Student: $99.00
Description: Replaced a science education textbook with a freely-accessible site with links to open and no-cost resources, along with a course redesign.

Quotes: "...as the associated OERs are refined and more effectively and systematically integrated into the course preparation time will decrease, the course will be strengthened, and the benefit to the students will increase. "

Image of Timothy Henkel, Emily Croteau, and Matthew Waters

Team: Timothy Henkel, Emily Croteau, and Matthew Waters
Course: BIOL 1010
Institution: Valdosta State University
Saved Per Student: $138.75
Description: Replaced a commercial Biology textbook with the OpenStax Concepts of Biology open textbook, creating new learning activities and redesigning the course.

Quotes: "The consistent level of performance also underscores the quality of information provided by the freely available OpenStax textbook relative to the previous text used. Based on these results, the team will continue to use the OpenStax text as the primary textbook for the two courses. "

Image of Christine James and Michael Holt

Team: Christine James and Michael Holt
Course: PHIL 2020
Institution: Valdosta State University
Saved Per Student: $138.75
Description: Replaced a commercial textbook on logic with a collection of open and no-cost educational resources, including a new adaptation of The Logic App as a standalone web version.

Quotes: "The 'team' feeling of the class was truly positive and enjoyable. Our Logic tutor during the semester... found himself showing material from our class to students in other sections who he was tutoring because he liked the active engagement of many of the Creative Commons sources we used. "

Image of Michael Goodroe and Berhanu Kidane

Team: Michael Goodroe and Berhanu Kidane
Course: MATH 0097, 0099, 1111
Institution: University of North Georgia
Saved Per Student: $200.00
Description: Replaced two textbooks with open textbooks and no-cost resources, including the use of videos, in a course redesign.

Quotes: "I enjoyed having the online textbook instead of a hard copy. I could look the lesson up at any time, and I did not have to carry another textbook around in my book bag. -Student Quote "

Image of Deanna Cozart and Amy Ingalls

Team: Deanna Cozart and Amy Ingalls
Course: EDUC 2120
Institution: University of Georgia
Saved Per Student: $150.20
Description: Replaced a commercial multicultural education textbook with GALILEO and UGA library resources and no-cost materials, along with the creation of original materials in a course redesign.

Quotes: "There was so much freedom in eliminating the textbook that I was able to actually select new and recent pieces that directly related to the topic we were discussing... this was something the students found particularly powerful as well."

Image of Molly Smith and Sara Selby

Team: Molly Smith and Sara Selby
Course: BIOL 1020K
Institution: South Georgia State College
Saved Per Student: $170.20
Description: Replaced a commercial biology textbook with the OpenStax College Concepts of Biology open textbook, redesigned the course, and created a new supplementary handbook to the OpenStax text.

Quotes: "As I was teaching the material, I was constantly thinking about things that would have made my life in the classroom with a new text a lot easier. I was also trying to find quality web resources to support each chapter. Sometimes, it was after I had already covered a topic, and while doing research on the next topic, that I thought of a different way to approach the previous material. Those “aha!” moments became the impetus of some of the teaching tips found in the appendices of the [newly-created] Guide. All of this has transformed the way in which I will teach this material in the future to keep it fresh for both the students and myself."

Image of Loleta Sartin and Molly Kimsey

Team: Loleta Sartin and Molly Kimsey
Course: EDUC 2110
Institution: Middle Georgia State University
Saved Per Student: $196.00
Description: Replace a commercial education textbook with a compilation of no-cost learning materials, redesign the course, and revise materials based on student feedback.

Quotes: "Resoundingly, students were appreciative of the instructor’s willingness to use no cost materials. Additionally, students stated the resources used were more timely, better aligned with course objectives, more interesting than books used in various classes, and more engaging."

Image of Julie Lester and Christopher Lawrence

Team: Julie Lester and Christopher Lawrence
Course: POLS 1101
Institution: Middle Georgia State University
Saved Per Student: $85.00
Description: Replaced two textbooks with the eCore-adopted open American Government textbook, along with a course redesign.

Quotes: "Our participation in this project has increased our awareness of new developments in open and free-to-students content for classroom use. It has also demonstrated the strong interest of students in lower-cost alternatives to traditional textbooks at our institution, particularly if quality can be maintained in the process. "

Image of Guangzhi (Jack) Zheng and Zhigang Li

Team: Guangzhi (Jack) Zheng and Zhigang Li
Course: IT 5302
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $134.67
Description: Replaced a web programming commercial textbook with created and adopted open and no-cost materials, along with a course redesign.

Quotes: "The project will have a long lasting impact on my course development and teaching in the future. I am now fully embracing low or no cost learning materials. I plan to try my best to use them in my future courses... Compared to traditional non-interactive content such as a textbook, this is a huge plus for students and is widely [praised] by the students."

Image of John Isenhour, Ophelia Santos, and Charles Marvil

Team: John Isenhour, Ophelia Santos, and Charles Marvil
Course: CSH 4630
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $46.25
Description: Replaced a commercial textbook on the creation of beer and other spirits with newly-created open content, including an online image collection.

Quotes: "[There is] One less expense the student does not have to worry about when starting a new semester. The benefits for the professor seem to be apparent as well. You can tailor the information in the text specifically for the class, and you can exclude the information that you would skip over in a traditional textbook. -Student Quote"

Image of Seneca Vaught, Griselda Thomas, and Nikki Hill

Team: Seneca Vaught, Griselda Thomas, and Nikki Hill
Course: AADS 1102
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $119.09
Description: Replaced four texts with no-cost and open materials including videos and articles.

Quotes: "When the textbook is provided free of charge, it contributes to a more democratic experience for all students because it eliminates economic advantages that some students may have over others in procuring the course materials. While free textbooks do little to address the broader challenge of rising tuition costs and their impact on student learning, it does contribute to building a greater sense of community between the students and the professors by showing the students the professors care about their personal finances."

Image of Lake Ritter and Shangrong Deng

Team: Lake Ritter and Shangrong Deng
Course: MATH 2254
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $200.00
Description: Replaced a commercial Calculus textbook with an open textbook and an open homework platform.

Quotes: "One of the unexpected benefits of our program was that it brought to our awareness the expanding selection of high quality open access texts available for mathematics courses. "

Image of Camille Payne and Rachel Myers

Team: Camille Payne and Rachel Myers
Course: NURS 4402
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Saved Per Student: $126.95
Description: Replaced two nursing textbooks with no-cost materials, along with a course revision.

Quotes: "...the opportunity to engage in this grant has been tremendously valuable, as we have both learned about no-cost/low-cost materials that are available to assist students. We will both be more attuned to opportunities for using available materials to supplement or replace costly materials whenever possible. "

Image of Judy Grissett and Charles Huffman

Team: Judy Grissett and Charles Huffman
Course: PSYC 1101
Institution: Georgia Southwestern State University
Saved Per Student: $100.00
Description: Replaced Psychology commercial textbook with an open textbook and a course redesign.

Quotes: "Overall, our textbook integration experience was a success. We incorporated the text into one section of PSYC 1101- Introduction to Psychology, amending the curriculum and lectures to accommodate the text. For many students this was a gateway opportunity to learn about open-source materials while saving nearly $100 on textbook cost. "

Image of Charlotte Chatto and Jeff Mastromonico

Team: Charlotte Chatto and Jeff Mastromonico
Course: PTHP 8351
Institution: Georgia Regents University
Saved Per Student: $427.02
Description: Replaced four textbooks with a newly created open iBook, created supplementary videos and cases.

Quotes: "I reflected heavily on the huge impact providing quality resources for physical therapy students may have on patients. Our students will have access to them now and in their practice after graduation. I envision our open access chapter on transfers to be used to train patients and caregivers, too, as well as a good review for PTs. "

Image of William Johnson and Julia Benson-Slaughter

Team: William Johnson and Julia Benson-Slaughter
Course: CSCI 1100
Institution: Georgia Perimeter College
Saved Per Student: $195.50
Description: Replaced a computer concepts textbook with newly-created course materials and open resources.

Quotes: "I see the tremendous value of OER for educational access to populations that are capable of success, but have financial barriers to achieve a positive outcome... One positive outcome is I learned how to structure class time that supported a blended pedagogical model using the content I developed."

Image of Kimberly Wheeler & Sarah Hepler

Team: Kimberly Wheeler & Sarah Hepler
Course: FCST 1010
Institution: Georgia Highlands College
Saved Per Student: $49.50
Description: Replaced a commercial first-year success textbook with open and no-cost materials in a LibGuide.

Quotes: "The student outcome was far above what I expected. My institution plans on implementing the change to using free, open online resources for every section of Freshman College Studies (FCST) starting this fall semester 2015. I will conduct a training for all instructors/professors before the fall semester and all are excited to be making this change. The best thing about this project was the students “and” the professor had fun! "

Image of Matthew Roessing and Jeff Dowdy

Team: Matthew Roessing and Jeff Dowdy
Course: LENB 3135
Institution: Georgia College & State University
Saved Per Student: $307.41
Description: Replaced a law reference source with OER, GALILEO & library materials, and PACER case resources.

Quotes: "As a teacher, I have been very pleased with the results and potential future benefits of this project. Currently, we only have one semester of data, and I would not call the project a success or failure on that basis. However, the positive reactions we received from students, as well as the impacts I have seen on their interest and participation in the class, encouraged me to press on. "

Image of Marcela Chiorescu and Jenny Harris

Team: Marcela Chiorescu and Jenny Harris
Course: MATH 1111
Institution: Georgia College & State University
Saved Per Student: $114.00
Description: Replaced a digital textbook and homework platform with open materials via a LibGuide, created ancillary materials, and used WebAssign for assignments.

Quotes: "I will use [the LibGuide] as [a] recommended resource in my Precalculus course and use it for the first part of the course when I’ll review College Algebra concepts. My teaching experience and resource guide will also be shared with the Department of Mathematics for other faculty to utilize this LibGuide in their courses. "

Image of Tori Kearns and Deborah Lee

Team: Tori Kearns and Deborah Lee
Course: PSYC 1101
Institution: East Georgia State College
Saved Per Student: $114.00
Description: Replaced a Psychology textbook with open materials and the NOBA Project Psychology open textbook.

Quotes: ""Overall, the transformation action plan was executed quite smoothly. We successfully restructured our courses to sync with the selected OER, the NOBA Project. Reviewing the NOBA materials resulted in our finding a source that will remain the required resource for all future general psychology courses, department-wide." "

Image of Marina Smitherman & Chuck Fink

Team: Marina Smitherman & Chuck Fink
Course: BIOL 2212 & 2213
Institution: Dalton State College
Saved Per Student: $419.00
Description: Replaced a Human Anatomy & Physiology textbook with the OpenStax College Anatomy and Physiology textbook, along with a course redesign.

Quotes: "This project has shown us that a no-cost textbook alternative can be applied to Anatomy and Physiology with no drop in student performance and minimal changes to how the course is taught. An immediate follow-up would be for us to continue to use the OpenStax book for all of our sections of A&P and to encourage other faculty teaching this course to do the same. "

Image of Molly Zhou and David Brown

Team: Molly Zhou and David Brown
Course: EDUC 2130
Institution: Dalton State College
Saved Per Student: $250.00
Description: Replaced an Educational Psychology textbook with GALILEO and library resources, revising previous assessments.

Quotes: "I enjoyed searching and creating new learning materials for students. I especially enjoyed seeing that students were engaged and were all participatory in the learning process and they were also proud of their learning as well. My experience has been overall positive on this project."

Image of Amy Sandy & Elizabeth Klar

Team: Amy Sandy & Elizabeth Klar
Course: BIOL 1215
Institution: Columbus State University
Saved Per Student: $174.00
Description: Replaced a commercial biology textbook and lab manual with the OpenStax Biology open textbook, a departmental lab manual, and new assignments.

Quotes: "I learned that the material covered in the OpenStax book was equally comparable to traditional, publisher-printed textbooks. As a result of my experience I would like to explore the use of other OpenStax textbooks in other courses that I teach, specifically Human Anatomy & Physiology."

Image of Susan Hrach & Japheth Koech

Team: Susan Hrach & Japheth Koech
Course: ENGL 2111
Institution: Columbus State University
Saved Per Student: $105.00
Description: Susan Hrach replaced a commercial anthology of world literature with a newly created open collection of readings with open translations. Japheth Koech redesigned the course based on the new collection.

Quotes: "I like the freedom to easily modify assigned reading and supplementary materials and I expect that the available range of materials will continue to increase."
"I myself learned a lot about annotating texts in PDF and ePub (iBooks) formats, as well as using the online Evernote app to prepare class notes. I discovered the advantages of teaching with a smart board to work with digital texts in the classroom."

Image of Jared Schlieper & Michael Tiemeyer

Team: Jared Schlieper & Michael Tiemeyer
Course: MATH 1161, 2072, 2083
Institution: Armstrong State University
Saved Per Student: $295.00
Description: Replaced a commercial calculus textbook and homework system with a newly-adapted open textbook and the WebWork open online homework system.

Quotes: "We both have decided to use open-source, open-access, or freely available texts whenever possible in our future courses. Mathematics is a discipline such that all content is essentially public knowledge, and there are many high-quality open resources to use as a text. In addition, we plan to 'hypertextualize' the text so that it may be embedded into a website as an html text and compiled as an e-publication to be viewed on mobile devices. "

Image of Arun Saha & Liqiu Zheng

Team: Arun Saha & Liqiu Zheng
Course: PHYS 1112
Institution: Albany State University
Saved Per Student: $210.00
Description: Replaced a commercial College Physics textbook with the OpenStax College Physics textbook. Homework assignments from WebAssign were embedded in the D2L version of the course.

Quotes: "In the proposed transformation, students were given [the] OpenStax free Physics II Textbook on the first day of the semester. No one waited for [a] refund check or paycheck from work or support from parents. This was a great thing to me as an Instructor."

Image of Anthony Cooper, La'Quata Sumter, AntaSha Jones, Dr. John Williams

Team: Anthony Cooper, La'Quata Sumter, AntaSha Jones, Dr. John Williams
Course: BIOL 2411
Institution: Albany State University
Saved Per Student: $300.00
Description: Replaced a $300 textbook and training manual with an OpenStax textbook and other OER. Made quizzes and tests based on OER and selected open assignments.

Quotes: "With the growth of the Open [Educational] Resources (OER) sector, the learning process for traditional and non-traditional students has become more accessible and more diverse, which should make obtaining education more available for all students. Thus, in the future I plan to use more free OER lecture and laboratory resources to enhance the learning process and keep students more engaged."

Image of Dr. Young Mi (Christina) Choi and Cathy Carpenter

Team: Dr. Young Mi (Christina) Choi and Cathy Carpenter
Course: ID 2310: Human Factors in Design
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Saved Per Student: $192.00
Description: Replaced a commercial Human Factors Engineering textbook and casebook with a diverse collection of open and no-cost resources.

Quotes: "The overall impact of this project has been positive. From student comments, most appreciated the cost saving and seemed to take advantage of the flexibility of the electronic materials."
"Some students felt like the free materials from different sources gave them more 'perspective' than they would get from a textbook... This opinion seemed to encourage some students to explore different topics more than they might with a [traditional] textbook."

image of Lu Kang and Zhigang Li
image of Anthony Scheffler, Shirley Andrews, and Nancy Sartin
image of Timothy Henkel, Emily Croteau, and Matthew Waters
image of Christine James and Michael Holt
image of Michael Goodroe and Berhanu Kidane
image of Deanna Cozart and Amy Ingalls
image of Molly Smith and Sara Selby
image of Loleta Sartin and Molly Kimsey
image of Julie Lester and Christopher Lawrence
image of Guangzhi (Jack) Zheng and Zhigang Li
image of John Isenhour, Ophelia Santos, and Charles Marvil
image of Seneca Vaught, Griselda Thomas, and Nikki Hill
image of Lake Ritter and Shangrong Deng
image of Camille Payne and Rachel Myers
image of Judy Grissett and Charles Huffman
image of Charlotte Chatto and Jeff Mastromonico
image of William Johnson and Julia Benson-Slaughter
image of Kimberly Wheeler & Sarah Hepler
image of Matthew Roessing and Jeff Dowdy
image of Marcela Chiorescu and Jenny Harris
image of Tori Kearns and Deborah Lee
image of Marina Smitherman & Chuck Fink
image of Molly Zhou and David Brown
image of Amy Sandy & Elizabeth Klar
image of Susan Hrach & Japheth Koech
image of Jared Schlieper & Michael Tiemeyer
image of Arun Saha & Liqiu Zheng
image of Anthony Cooper, La'Quata Sumter, AntaSha Jones, Dr. John Williams
image of Dr. Young Mi (Christina) Choi and Cathy Carpenter

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