Affordable UF: Beyond the Textbook

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Friday, February 16th, 2018

Library East Room 100

Why Should You Attend This Event?

The cost of attending a higher education institution continues to rise. However, Affordable UF aims to support and recognize faculty who are working to increase access through the use of lower cost course materials.

The University of Florida Libraries, with support from the Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence, invites faculty from all disciplines to learn more about Affordable UF and the use of Open Educational Resources by attending this mini conference.

Tentative Agenda


Coffee and Networking

Continental breakfast offered by Dos Mamas



Presented by Patrick Reakes, Associate Dean of Scholarly Resources & Services


OER: Principles & Myths

Presented by Trey Shelton, George A. Smathers E-Resources Librarian
OER usage has grown exponentially in higher education. Still, myths such as “you get what you pay for” or that copyright for OER is complicated prevent many educators from fully investigating open educational resources that could prove beneficial for their courses.


What can UF Course Reserves do for you?

Presented by Paul McDonough and April Hines, George A. Smathers Libraries
The Course Reserves Unit provides access to course materials such as print books, book chapters, textbooks, e-books, journal articles, slide decks, DVDs, and more.


UF All Access: Not Your Mother’s eBook

Presented by Bob Blake, Area Director for the University of Florida Bookstores
UF’s All Access textbook program has saved students $5 million since it was created in 2013. The program provides student access to digital textbooks at a discounted rate negotiated by UF and saves students 50% or more in comparison to printed textbooks.


Faculty Panel: How do affordable options REALLY work?

    Tools & Resource Topics

  • Course Reserves
    Presented by Sylvie Blum, University of Florida Professor of French and Film
  • eText
    Presented by Vandana Baweja, University of Florida Associate Professor in the School of Architecture
  • OER/Open Source
    Presented by Kevin Knudson, University of Florida Professor of Mathematics
  • Curriculum Builder
    Presented by Eugenio Zaldivar, Sante Fe College Associate Professor of Philosophy

Learn how these faculty members use affordable options in their course and develop your own strategies to provide an affordable education for your students.


Affordable Resource Tour

  • Course Reserves
    Presented by Paul McDonough, George A. Smathers Librarian
  • eText
    Presented by Mark Sullivan, Senior Account Executive at VitalSource, and Alex Bitton-Bailey, FDTE Academic Innovation Specialist
  • OER/Open Source
    Presented by Tara Cataldo, UF Associate Librarian, and Trey Shelton, George A. Smathers E-Resources Librarian
  • Pressbooks
    Presented by Jennifer K. Smith, Director of the Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence
  • Library Licensed Resources
    Presented by April Hines and Lisa Campbell, George A. Smathers Libraries

Develop a firm understanding of these tools through a series of walk-through presentations and begin utilizing them for your course.


What are Open Educational Resources?

Learning materials that are created with open permissions so that others may freely use, distribute, and alter the content for educational purposes.

5 Core Principles of Open Publishing

Re-use: The most basic level of openness. People are allowed to use all or part of the work for their own purposes.
(e.g., download an educational video to watch at a later time)

Re-distribute: People can share the work with others
(e.g., send a digital article by-email to a colleague);

Revise: People can adapt, modify, translate, or change the work
(e.g., take a book written in English and turn it into a Spanish audio book);

Re-mix: People can take two or more existing resources and combine them to create a new resource
(e.g., take audio lectures from one course and combine them with slides from another course to create a new derivative work)

Retain: No digital rights management restrictions (DRM); the content is yours to keep, whether you’re the author, an instructor using the material, or a student.

(As suggested by Hilton et al., 2010)


Additional Information

UF Libraries Top Ten Resources For You!

  1. Databases A-Z List – Find all the databases the UF Libraries subscribe to in this easy to search list.
  2. Streaming Video – Did you know the libraries provide you access to thousands of streaming videos, including award winning movies, documentaries, and scientific experiments?
  3. No matter where you are searching, look for the Find it @ UF button or link to connect you to the full-text of that item or our Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  4. Speaking of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – The UF Libraries don’t have what you are looking for? No worries! We will get it from another library. Our Rapid ILL service can get you journal article PDFs in 24 hours – A-maze-ing!
  5. VPN – Don’t miss out! If you are off-campus, be sure to turn on the VPN service so you always have access to all the Gator-only resources.
  6. I want an e-book – Find all the e-books alongside their print partners in the Library Catalog and click on the link in its catalog record. It’s that easy!
  7. I need help now – Live Chat with a Librarian by clicking the ASK ME button on many of the library webpages or go the Ask a Librarian site to see all your options.
  8. I like a more personal touch – Find your personal librarian! The Subject Specialist page lists all the UF Librarians by the disciplines they are information experts in.
  9. What’s in the News? – Find out by going to the source. The UF Libraries subscribe to hundreds of online newspapers, both current and historical.
  10. Need help locating, acquiring or making course materials available to your students? Course Reserves can help!

Repositories and Catalog Tools

Beyond the Podium Podcast on OER