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Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: We are currently seeking our very first Affordable Learning Champions. If you or someone you know has been making acts of Textbook Afforabililty, please fill out the Nomination form. 

Affordable Learning Champions

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The conversation surrounding Textbook Affordability is often reduced to the use of free or open educational resources, there are many, many different ways for faculty to reduce the costs of learning materials that don't fall under that narrow classification. This initiative is intended to provide a forum to recognize those efforts made by faculty members on campus to reduce those costs, and help build a community of recognition for all Textbook Affordability actions. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to become a Textbook Affordability Champion?

Any West Texas A&M University faculty member that has made an effort to reduce the cost of textbooks and other learning materials.

There is no arbitrary textbook cost or savings goal to be met.

Who can nominate faculty?

Anyone affiliated with the University:

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Yourself!

What acts of textbook affordability are eligible?

Any acts, both big and small, that help reduce the cost of textbooks or other learning materials for students are eligible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Small Acts:
    • Providing edition notes to update students who are using an older edition.
    • Using Open Source Software in class.
    • Working with Publishers to reduce the cost of required online modules from $120 to $60.
    • Putting a copy of the textbook on reserve at the library.
  • Big Acts:
    • Adopting an OER textbook.
    • Writing an $80 textbook to replace a $240 one.
    • Receiving a grant to implement or develop OER content.
    • Having students create a textbook as part of the class.
  • And Many More!
These do not have to be new acts of textbook affordability. We also want to recognize those who are already doing things to save students money!

What recognition is received?

All valid nominees will receive:

  • Their exploits featured on the OER libguide
  • A digital badge to include in their email signature or personal webpage
  • A physical sticker to display with pride

One Monthly Champion will be selected and featured on the campus monitors.

If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Wardlow.