Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Affordable Learning Initiatives
• Members of the college community took part in the OER Summit and OTN Workshop offered in 2017 to learn more about open resources.
• On campus, OER information sessions continue at Convocation, academic divisional meetings and various administrative and academic committees. Info sessions are designed to promote understanding and help faculty connect with open and affordable resources.
• The campus library offers an OER Guide focused on locating, evaluating and adopting course materials available at no cost to students. These materials may be open resources or licensed materials from the library’s collection.
• Individualized library research sessions are offered to connect interested faculty with open or licensed materials within their preferred subject area.
Other Affordability Initiatives
• The college offers 41 courses using the IncludED model where an e-textbook is included in the cost of the class. The fee for the e-text represents significant savings over a print edition.
• Library Reserves: 264 textbooks and other items representing 197 courses can be used on-site and free of charge to complete readings and homework assignments.
• Custom edition texts are used in multiple courses, providing significant savings over the cost of the original, larger text. Textbooks are often used for sequential courses, negating the need for additional purchases across semesters.
• Courses in IT/Engineering are utilizing licensed e-books from the library’s collection as the main texts, resulting in zero cost to 180 students in 10 sections during the academic year.
• The library’s Textbook Guide helps students find affordable textbook alternatives, including rentals and used options.
• Academic Divisions are exploring partnerships with publishers to provide inclusive digital access to their entire catalogs for a single, reduced fee.