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Affordable Course Materials

We are part of a campus-wide partnership working toward reducing the costs of course materials for our students.  The Office of Instructional Innovation, University Libraries, and Office of Information Technology have joined forces to foster a team approach between librarians, instructional designers, and technology experts. 

We are happy to partner with you to discover and create low- and no-cost course materials for your students.  Contact your subject librarian to get started!  

Textbook Affordability Strategies

Use these strategies to make your course materials as affordable as possible for your students.

View these strategies as a printable checklist.

Put your complete textbook information in the University’s Textbook database early.

  • The earlier they know, the better chance students have of getting a used, library, or discounted copy.
  • Many textbook sellers base their prices on demand, so they rise as the semester begins.

Place a physical copy of the textbook on course reserve in the library.

  • This can be your copy or a library copy (if the library owns it).
  • The Libraries also have other items that students need outside of class, like bone models, microscopes and slides, DVDs, music CDs, and more.

Let students know which older editions they can use.

  • Let students now how to navigate your syllabus with older editions (e.g. use chapter headings if page numbers are different).

If using portions of books, let the Libraries scan and make electronically available.

  • Choose the Libraries’ course reserve system or Blackboard to host the scans.

Link to the Libraries’ electronic articles, newspapers, books, and movies.

  • Ask your librarian for help locating digital content of all kinds.
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss how to link to these materials in Blackboard or on your syllabus.

Choose a book that is available electronically from the Libraries.

  • Ask your librarian about limits on simultaneous logins to the book
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss how to link to these materials in Blackboard or on your syllabus.

Choose a book that is available through OIT’s Digital Course Materials program.

  • Participating publishers currently include McGraw Hill, Pearson, Wiley, Sage, Cengage, Macmillan, and W.W. Norton.
  • Students make their opt-in or opt-out choice, as well as access their course content, in Blackboard.

Adopt one or more open textbooks or Open Educational Resources (OER).

Adapt an existing open textbook or OER to your needs or create your own!