34 research outputs found

    How Much Do You Spend?: Textbook Affordability at Gettysburg College

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    This poster, created for Musselman Library\u27s Charting your Course 2019 first-year orientation activity, explains some of the strategies that Gettysburg College students can use to mitigate the impacts of rising textbook costs

    Authors’ Choices, Authors’ Rights: Making Informed Decisions When Publishing Open

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    Wondering if publishing in an open access journal is the right move for your research? Join Musselman Library’s Scholarly Communications Department as we talk copyright ownership, authors’ rights, and how to choose the right license for your work. October 23, 12-1 PM in Dining Center 19. Space is limited; RSVP required. Email [email protected] to RSVP. Published under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 License

    2019 Gettysburg College Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey Executive Summary

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    We’ve all heard stories of students struggling with textbook costs, but how do our students cope when the price gets too high? Modeled after the Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey conducted by Florida Virtual Campus, Musselman Library’s course materials survey sought to uncover how textbook costs impact the success of Gettysburg College students. Results give insight into participants’ perceptions of how much money they spend, the strategies they use to reduce costs, and the effects of the cost of course materials on their academic success. The Executive Summary details our research questions, key findings, and main takeaways

    Spend, Stress, and Struggle: Gettysburg College Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey 2022

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    In Fall 2022, Musselman Library conducted its second course materials survey—this time, in collaboration with 10 other liberal arts colleges from around the country. The results from this new survey illuminate how students are affected by textbook and course material costs, how they cope with these costs, and how effects and behaviors have changed since our 2019 survey. We also examine how our students fit into a larger landscape of textbook affordability at similar institutions

    Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, Inclusion, and Academic Success

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    Are you curious about how a textbook choice can influence students’ sense of belonging and their academic success? Open textbooks are full, real textbooks used by many professors here at Gettysburg and across the U.S. They are completely free to access online and also free of most copyright restrictions, meaning it’s legal to copy, share, edit, mix, keep and use those materials. Adopting an open textbook ensures that all students have immediate access to a zero-cost book and provides faculty 100% control over their learning materials. Attend this workshop to learn more about how an open textbook may align with your learning goals and commitment to inclusion and belonging. After the workshop, participants will be invited to write a short review of an open textbook they might assign in a course (please note: open textbooks are not available for all subjects). Your review will be shared in the Open Textbook Library so it may benefit other faculty considering open textbooks

    Best Practices: Accessibility & Equity for E-learning Content

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    When creating digital objects for use in teaching, instructors have an opportunity to expand the usability of their materials by adding accessibility features. This session presents a broad definition of accessibility, explains why it is important for instructors to consider accessibility as they create digital teaching materials, and describes some strategies and best practices for adding accessibility to digital learning objects

    2022 Gettysburg College Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey Executive Summary

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    In Fall 2022, Musselman Library conducted its second course materials survey, this time in collaboration with 10 other liberal arts colleges from around the country. The results from this new survey illuminate how students are affected by textbook and course material costs, how they cope with these costs, and how effects and behaviors have changed since our 2019 survey. This report summarizes the background of the project, key findings, and recommendations

    Best Practices for Designing Online Learning Objects​

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    Before designing materials to support online learning, it\u27s important to take stock of what we know about how people learn in online spaces. This presentation will unpack a few e-learning myths and discuss concrete strategies for developing pedagogically sound videos, interactive tutorials, and other asynchronous online learning objects

    Let the Students Speak: Using a Student Survey to Promote Textbook Affordability

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    When making a case for textbook affordability, student voices can attract the campus spotlight and present a compelling argument in a way that librarians cannot do alone. From small-scale projects on a single campus to elaborate, multi-institutional studies, many academic libraries have amplified the words of students by conducting a textbook survey and sharing the results widely. In this roundtable session, we invite both librarians who have conducted a survey in the past and those still in early stages to join us and discuss ideas, logistics, struggles, and successes of surveys in their own local contexts. Learning Outcomes: Identify best practices and pitfalls that will help you to conduct an effective student textbook survey on your campus or in partnership with multiple institutions. Discuss strategies in survey development and promotion that increase response rate from historically marginalized and underrepresented voices. Consider potential partners who could help support your project through survey promotion, data collection, analysis, and results sharing in your local context

    2022 Gettysburg College Textbook Survey Full Report

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    In Fall 2022, Musselman Library conducted its second course materials survey, this time in collaboration with 10 other liberal arts colleges from around the country. This report compiles the results from Gettysburg College participants\u27 responses. Comparisons are also made to the results from Gettysburg\u27s 2019 survey and the larger group of colleges
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