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LOUIS Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment Faculty Appointments

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and the Louisiana Board of Regents are pleased to announce the selection of faculty to cohorts for the $2 million award for the Open Textbooks Pilot Program from the Department of Education through the project Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment. OER, or Open Educational Resources, are course materials that are freely accessible and that allow others to use, adapt, and redistribute them with no or limited restrictions.

Twenty-five cohorts have been formed, bringing together teaching faculty from public and private academic institutions across the state of Louisiana. These faculty have been selected to develop a deployable OER course for one of twenty-five dual enrollment general education courses. Together, the OER courses developed by the cohorts have the potential to reduce costs and improve outcomes for approximately 20,000 high school students and 250,000 total student enrollments statewide per academic year. Earlier in the year, Librarian Cohort Leaders were selected to work alongside teaching faculty throughout this process.

“We are ready to begin the hard and exciting work of developing and deploying these general education dual enrollment interactive courses. Each cohort consists of faculty who were selected based on their teaching experience, interest in expanding access to dual enrollment, and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Librarian Cohort Leaders have been working with LOUIS staff to make this a fulfilling and impactful experience,” said Dr. Teri Oaks Gallaway Associate Commissioner and Executive Director for LOUIS. Dr. Gallaway serves as the Principal Investigator for the Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment grant.
 

Cohorts will begin their work with a kickoff event scheduled in late May 2021. Over the summer months, they will develop skills around open education resources, open publishing, and course development, among other topics. The cohorts will then spend the next year working on developing these general education courses. Completed courses will be implemented in a pilot phase in the fall of 2022. All twenty-five courses will continue to be taught and refined on campuses across the state in the spring of 2022 and beyond. LOUIS will work with leaders in secondary and post-secondary education, in the open education resource community, and through conference presentations to bring awareness to these freely accessible courses to ensure their continued development and use.

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American History I

Chresancio Jackson, Louisiana Delta Community College

Jennifer Lang, Delgado Community College

Michael Higgins, McNeese State University

Sam Bono, River Parishes Community College

Teresa Williams-Jackson, Southern University Shreveport


American History II

Jennifer Lang, Delgado Community College

Kevin McQueeney, Nicholls State University

Patrick S. Gibbens, South Louisiana Community College

Teresa Williams-Jackson, Southern University Shreveport


Business & Professional Communication

Veronika Humphries, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Adrienne Abel, SOWELA

Joseph Williams, Louisiana Tech University

Sumita Roy, Southern University and A&M College

Sydney Epps, Louisiana State University


Chemistry I, Lecture + Lab (Science Majors)

Conrad Jones, Southern University and A&M College

Esperanza Zenon, River Parishes Community College

John Hopkins , Louisiana State University

Soma Mukherjee, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Yu Wang, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Computer Applications

Ann Williams, SOWELA

Dennis Sigur, Dillard University

Jennifer Lavergne, McNeese State University

Juana Moreno, Louisiana State University

Sudhir Trivedi, Southern University and A&M College


Dance Appreciation

Cissy Whipp

Roshanda Spears, Southern University Shreveport

Susan Perlis, Louisiana State University

Vanessa Kanamoto, University of Louisiana at Monroe


Elementary Spanish I (3-4 credit hours)

Giti Farudi, Xavier University of Louisiana

Yelani Feldman, Dillard University


Elementary Spanish I+II (6 credit hours)

Carolina Cobb, Southern University and A&M College

Isabel Matus, Louisiana State University

Handy Acosta Cuellar, Louisiana State University

Jerry Parker, Southeastern Louisiana University


English Composition I

Kirk Fontenot, Bossier Parish Community College

Rosemary Peters-Hill, Louisiana State University

Shelly Rodrigue, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Wanda Waller, Southern University Shreveport

Will Rogers, University of Louisiana at Monroe


English Composition II

Adam Falik, Southern University at New Orleans

Doreen Piano, University of New Orleans

Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Ken Anderson, South Louisiana Community College

Tracey Watts, Loyola University New Orleans


Exploring the Arts

Darius Spieth, Louisiana State University

Doris Hall, Southern University and A&M College

Kimberly Berkeley, Northshore Technical Community College (WRU)

Laura Kamath, River Parishes Community College


Fundamentals of Communication

Cynthia Sampson, Louisiana State University

Douglas Marshall, Southern University at New Orleans

Elizabeth Hornsby, Southeastern Louisiana University

Joslin Pickens, Southern University Shreveport

Robin Johnstone, Delgado Community College


General Biology I (Science Majors)

Hope Clay, Delgado Community College

Illya Tietzel, Southern University at New Orleans

Jennifer Blanchard, Louisiana State University

Ruby Broadway, Dillard University

Waneene Dorsey, Grambling State University


General Biology I Lecture + Lab (Science Majors)

Christian Clement, Southern University at New Orleans

Peter Yaukey, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Sarah Hunter, Delgado Community College

Stephanie Aamodt, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Waneene Dorsey, Grambling State University


General Biology II Lecture + Lab (Science Majors)

Dagne Hill, Grambling State University

Latoya Paul, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Lisa Mims-Devezin, Southern University at New Orleans

Sharon Lagarde, River Parishes Community College

Stephanie Villalba, Louisiana State University Shreveport


General/Introduction to Business Administration

Braden Watson, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Edward Leonard, Louisiana State University

Elisabeth Cason, Bossier Parish Community College

Nicole Ortloff, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Philippe Lannelogue, University of Holy Cross New Orleans


Introduction to American Government

George Amedee, Southern University at New Orleans

James Gilley, Nicholls State University

Kenya Jackson, Delgado Community College


Introduction to Psychology

Ashley Ojo, Southern University at New Orleans

Bhrea Jones Vavasseur, South Louisiana Community College

Burton Ashworth, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Manyu Li, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sonia Cooper, Dillard University


Introduction to Sociology

Helen Wise, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Kristie Perry, Southern University and A&M College

Mary "Cathy" Leger, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Tremika Cleary, South Louisiana Community College


Medical Terminology

Adele Fuselier, Louisiana State University Eunice

Emily Jackson-Osagie, Southern University and A&M College

Jessica Dolecheck, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Kendra Anspaugh, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Sarah W. Goncalves, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University


Music Appreciation

Bonnie Le, Fletcher Technical Community College

Brenda Wimberly, Southern University Shreveport

Francis Scully, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

Jessie Boyd, Delgado Community College

Steven Edwards, Delgado Community College


Public Speaking

Douglas Marshall, Southern University at New Orleans

James Yeargain, University of Holy Cross New Orleans

June Pulliam, Louisiana State University

Sara Kim, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Victoria Moultry, Fletcher Technical Community College


Western Civilization I

Kenya Jackson, Delgado Community College

Natasha Foret, Northshore Technical Community College

Sanford Robins, Southern University and A&M College

Sherman Houston, Southern University Shreveport


World Civilization I

Christopher Gilson, Northwestern State University

Diane Walker, Baton Rouge Community College

Emmitt Glynn, III, Southern University and A&M College

Vanessa Jacobs, Fletcher Technical Community College


World Civilization II

Christy Garrison-Harrison, Southern University and A&M College

Lise Namikas, Baton Rouge Community College

Sarah Senette, South Louisiana Community College

William Noseworthy, McNeese State University

Questions?  Contact teri.gallaway@laregents.edu

The contents of this press release were developed in support of an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

NEW ZERO COST TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE MATERIALS FUNDED THROUGH THE LOUIS COURSE TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM ARE NOW AVAILABLE

 

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents, announces the availability of zero cost textbooks and course materials funded through the Affordable Learning LOUISiana Course Transformation Program. In this competitive program, faculty from Louisiana public higher education institutions received financial and technical support to faculty to adopt, adapt, and/or create open materials. To date, 36 projects have been funded through the Course Transformation Program. Course materials, along with corresponding course syllabi, are available online through the LOUIS OER Commons repository.

Funding supported faculty as they adopted existing materials from collections such as the Open Textbook Library, adapted these materials to localize them to the needs of their students and align them to their course learning outcomes, and created new materials. Materials can be discovered by discipline.

Participating faculty have come from 15 institutions with their work resulting in the elimination of course materials costs across a variety of disciplines and impacting all 4 public higher education systems:

Delgado Community College: Biology, Mathematics

Fletcher Technical Community College: English, History, Psychology

Northshore Technical Community College: Biology, Criminal Justice, Sociology

River Parishes Community College: Chemistry, Drafting and Design, Geography, Mathematics, Physics

SOWELA Technical Community College: Chemistry, English

Louisiana State University of Alexandria: Chemistry

Louisiana State University: Electrical Engineering, French, Music Education

Louisiana State University Eunice: Business

Louisiana Tech University: Agriculture, GIS

Southern University and A&M College: Political Science

Southern University Shreveport: First Year Experience

Grambling State University: Chemistry, Education

Nicholls State University: Culinary

University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction

University of Louisiana at Monroe: Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction

By designing a course with zero costs for course materials, participants in this initiative helped reduce the direct costs to post-secondary students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation. In their proposals, applicants described their goals to positively impact students, locally and beyond. Dr. Michael K. Crosby from Louisiana Tech University stated, “Overall, these materials will facilitate student engagement, enhancing their success in and beyond these courses. This encourages active and participatory learning and is adaptable to other regions and applications […] Other institutions may leverage these materials for instruction better suited to their students throughout Louisiana or in other parts of the world.” All materials produced through this program are licensed under a Creative Commons license and available for adoption and adaption.

Statewide outcomes of the Course Transformation Program and similar programs focused on reducing the cost of course materials are available online through an interactive display of the members’ student savings and impact.

Louisiana faculty will continue to contribute OER courses and materials to the community thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. LOUIS received a $2 million Open Textbooks Pilot grant, which will result in the creation of 25 Dual Enrollment general education open courses across 14 disciplines including the arts, biology, business, English, history, and Spanish.

LOUIS is a consortium of 47 public and private college and university member libraries in the state of Louisiana. This partnership was formed in 1992 by the library deans and directors at these institutions, in order to create a cost-effective collaboration among the institutions for the procurement of library technology and resources.

LOUISIANA SEES $26.8 MILLION IN STUDENT SAVINGS WITH OPEN AND AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS THAT HAVE IMPACTED MORE THAN 126,000 HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

 

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents, is excited to announce $26.8 million in reported savings for 126,306 higher education students in the state since 2012.  Dr. Teri Gallaway, Associate Commissioner and Executive Director for LOUIS, commented, “Post-secondary education students in Louisiana spend an average of $1200 per year on textbooks and materials for their classes. In Louisiana we have the second highest rate of food insecurity in the United States. When students are struggling to afford the most basic life necessities, we want to do all we can to reduce the financial burden of textbook and material costs. Academic librarians have been leaders on their campuses to gain support from faculty, administrators, and students for the adoption of open and affordable education resources. We can clearly see that these efforts have paid off by saving more than 126,000 students close to $27 million!”

Over the winter, LOUIS member libraries contributed their Return-on-Investment (ROI) numbers for Open Education Resources (OER) and Affordable Education Resources (AER) adoptions. The ROI reports the number of students in courses that have adopted titles made available through LOUIS’ Affordable Learning Louisiana programs and the associated savings. For AER, programs included Curriculum Driven and Evidence Based acquisitions, and Perpetual Access Collections funded through LOUIS. Also reported were OER savings from programs including OpenStax, the Open Education Network, and LOUIS’ competitive Faculty Cohort and Course Transformation programs. Additional data collected reflected savings from the Inclusive Access agreement negotiated by LOUIS, and from no cost and low-cost course programs at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

The impact of OER and AER adoptions is felt by students and faculty across all types of post-secondary education institutions in Louisiana. Savings came from 38 institutions, reflecting all public and private systems in the state. Of note, since the conception of this coordinated work in 2012, Bossier Parish Community College has saved 10,750 students $3.3 million, while Louisiana State University Shreveport has saved more than 29,000 students $3.2 million. For more information, explore the interactive display of the members’ student savings and impact.

Impacts will continue to grow thanks to LOUIS’ award of a $2M grant award for the Open Textbooks Pilot Program from the U.S. Department of Education. This will result in the creation of 25 Dual Enrollment general education open courses, with the potential to reduce costs and improve outcomes for approximately 20,000 high school students and 250,000 total enrollments statewide per academic year.  

LOUIS is a consortium of 47 public and private college and university member libraries in the state of Louisiana. This partnership was formed in 1992 by the library deans and directors at these institutions, in order to create a cost-effective collaboration among the institutions for the procurement of library technology and resources. For questions, contact Dr. Teri Gallaway at teri.gallaway@laregents.edu.

LOUISIANA BOARD OF REGENTS PROGRAM, LOUIS, AWARDED $2M TO FUND INTERACTIVE OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT

 

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) and the Louisiana Board of Regents are pleased to announce their selection for a $2 million award for the Open Textbooks Pilot Program from the Department of Education. Associate Commissioner and Executive Director for LOUIS, Dr. Teri Oaks Gallaway, who will serve as the Principal Investigator for the grant, explained, “This project engages instructors of dual enrollment across Louisiana in the curation and creation of OER for 25 of the state’s general education courses. Annually these courses have enrollments topping 20,000 for high school students and 250,000 statewide. Not only does this reduce the cost of higher education, but it eliminates an early barrier to participation in post-secondary education”.

The grant will fund LOUIS’ Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment project, which supports the extension of access to high-quality post-secondary opportunities to high school students across Louisiana and beyond. This project, funded by Congress in the 2020 Fiscal Year omnibus spending bill, features a collaboration between educational systems in Louisiana, the library community, Pressbooks technology partner, and workforce representatives. It will enable and enhance the delivery of open educational resources (OER) and interactive quiz and assessment elements for priority dual enrollment courses in Louisiana and nationally. Developed OER course materials will be released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to participate in post-secondary courses for which both college and high school credit may be earned. It can improve college access and degree completion rates by lowering the cost of post-secondary education and accelerating degree attainment, but textbook cost is a barrier to participation. In 2020, Louisiana’s Dual Enrollment Task Force, co-chaired by Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Higher Education and Mike Faulk, Executive Director, Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, adopted recommendations that called for access to college coursework in core academic content areas and career/technical fields for all high school students.  Reed explained, “Universal access to dual enrollment will be a game changer in our state. No matter your race or place, offering an early college experience to every student, whether academic or career technical, sends an important message, that you must continue education and training beyond high school and that now is the time to get started on that path.” For this to occur, the development and adoption of OER to reduce textbook and materials costs was identified as a priority by the Task Force.

The Open Textbooks Pilot Program began in 2018 and has been previously awarded to University of California, Davis, Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Arizona State University. In 2020, four awards were made including West Hills Community College District, Middlesex County College, The University of Texas at Arlington, and LOUIS.

The contents of this press release were developed in support of an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.