McKinney and Shepard earn Affordable Learning Grant

by | August 7, 2018 10:24 am

Last Updated: August 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm

East Georgia State College Associate Dean of eLearning Dr. Dee McKinney and Research and Instruction Librarian Katie Shepard were awarded their second Affordable Learning Georgia grant this year. The two worked on the grant through Spring and Summer semesters and will finish the project at the end of Fall semester.

The duo’s first grant was to adapt one of EGSC’s history classes, HIST 1111: Western Civilization to 1648, to use no-cost materials. This second grant will be used to adapt the second half of the history survey classes, HIST 1112: Western Civilization Since 1648, to also use no-cost materials. The course uses primary source documents and narrated PowerPoint presentations as well as online videos to engage the students.

The first course and the current courses’ materials will be available through ALG to be used by other institutions for free as well.

“We have seen great success rates and have received lots of positive feedback from students,” said Shepard. “By providing no-cost materials, students don’t have to wait on financial aid to purchase a text, and can begin work right away. This eliminates an obstacle to success for our students.”

This grant was part of Round Eleven of the Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant project. Round Eleven grants are projected to save students a total of $1.5 million per year once all projects are implemented. Since ALG’s funded inception in Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the University System of Georgia-sponsored textbook affordability programs have saved students a total projected $31.3 million in textbook costs, affecting 219,343 students. Textbook Transformation Grants have saved students $25.2 million and affected 167,979 students.

“Through Katie Shepard’s and Dr. Deena McKinney’s collaborative efforts, students at East Georgia State College are not only saving roughly $16,000 a year, but are also benefiting from having a librarian present in every online class,” said Library Director Kelly Ansley. “I could not be more thrilled that such a deserving team has been awarded another Affordable Learning Georgia grant.”

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