Driving Student Success through Affordable Course Material Symposium

March 8th 2018 @ 10:00am to @ 4:00pm
Learning Commons (West Tower, 1st floor) & Scholars Commons (East Tower, 1st floor)
Herman B Wells Library
1320 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
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The Office of Scholarly Publishing and UITS have partnered to sponsor a day-long symposium, “Driving Student Success through Affordable Course Material.”

Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate students are estimated to pay $1,034 on course materials each academic year. These costs affect students’ lives and decisions, particularly low income and food-insecure students.

This symposium will explore the connection between course material costs and student success, progression, and retention, and will feature three experts on affordable course material from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Steel Wagstaff currently serves as an educational technology consultant for Learning Support Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steel has recently contributed to publications such as A Guide To Making Open Textbooks with Students and works to provide open educational resources collaboratively with students and staff.
  • Kris Olds is a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught multiple Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over the course of his collaboration with UW-Madison’s Educational Innovation Initiative. He has written several articles for Inside Higher Ed and is a primary editor of the blog GlobalHigherEd. 
  • Carrie Nelson is currently the Director of Scholarly Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a specialist in copyright law and OER.

Morning workshops will explore tools and repositories for finding and creating affordable course materials firsthand. The afternoon panel will provide an overview of current initiatives at IU and UW-Madison and address how course material costs impact students in more depth. The day will conclude with an informal reception, where attendees can meet one-on-one with IU experts to get started on adopting or creating affordable course material in their own courses. 

Lunch will be provided. 

Symposium schedule:

  • 10 AM - 12 PM: Morning Workshops
  • Option 1: “Making Open Textbooks and Other Interactive Learning Activities with Pressbooks,” Wells Library Learning Commons, Classroom ​W144
  • Option 2: "Supporting Campus- and Course-Level Adoption of Open Course Content," Wells Library Learning Commons, Classroom W138
  • 12 - 12:30 PM: Lunch
    Hazelbaker Hall (Wells Library E159)
  • 12:30 - 2 PM: Afternoon Panel ​
    Hazelbaker Hall (Wells Library E159)
  • 2 - 2:15 PM:
  • 2:15 - 4 PM: Reception and Consultations
    Wells Library Scholars Commons, Consultation Rooms

Registered participants can drop in as their schedule allows and attend the symposium for only the morning or only the afternoon.

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Contact Info

Wells Library E350
1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Jamie Wittenberg
Jamie Wittenberg - Head
(812) 855-7769