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CSU Affordability Advocates

A guide to highlight the amazing course material affordability champions on our campus.

Affordability Advocate

Lisa Bernd
Lisa Bernd

Assistant College Lecturer

Department of Theatre and Dance

Course: THE 111 - Introduction to Theatre

OER used: Theatrical Worlds by Charles Mitchell

OER Co-Created with Students (new publication each year): Introduction to Theatre - Learning Resources

Annual student savings: $15,000

Faculty Winner’s Impressions:

Why did you decide to apply for the Textbook Affordability Grant?

The textbook I was using for my course, Introduction to Theatre, was over $100.00 used and students just weren’t buying it and I didn’t blame them! I knew that the sources for this course were out there, I just didn’t know where to look.

How did the project process go? What advice do you have for other faculty considering applying for a Textbook Affordability Grant?

Everyone was so helpful and generous with their time and expertise. I was not only able to adopt an open textbook, but I enhanced my classes with open education resources.

A project like this takes time and energy, so be sure to use the help and services that people offer you. There are things available to help you teach a great class that will blow your mind!

What were the results of your project on student engagement and academic achievement?

This saves my students approximately $25,000 every academic year. My students are better prepared because they have the book and I can teach more efficiently because I know everyone has the material. The success rates in my course are now consistently over 90% (C or higher) and students frequently take additional theatre courses because they had such a good experience. It really is a win-win situation.