Faculty Stories: Sandra Emerson, Ph.D.
Course: PLS 205 – Introduction to Research MethodsRequired Textbook:
Cost of purchase through Bronco Copy Center: $14.74
6-12 month license lease ~ $40-$70
On The Hub
Campus lab 1-317 (Cost $0)
Faculty Stories: Renford Reese, Ph.D.
Department: Political Science
Course: PLS 201 - Introduction to American Government
Required Textbook: Dynamics of Democracy, by Squire, 4-6th Editions
Author(s): Squire, Peverill
ISBN10: 1424080428 ISBN13: 9781424080427
Accessed electronically at: Cengage Brain
Course: PLS 315 – The Politics of the Public Policy Process
Use of case studies, etc. (and other materials available from his webpage)
Course: PLS 382 – Politics, Policies, Pop Culture
Film reviews (and other materials available from his webpage)
Dr. Reese comments:
This is exactly what I do for my students e.g. provide them with "Affordable Learning Solutions". I do this primarily through giving them access to e-books, creating classpacks, and guiding them to external internet links. I also provide an array of alternative learning material on my website. My "Student Resource" web page includes the following links for students: "Careers in the Public Sector," "State and Local Government Jobs," "Careers in Non-Profits," "Working Abroad," "Graduate Programs," "How to Cite Sources for Papers," "What is Plagiarism?" There is also a streaming archive of educational videos that students can watch from the Prison Race interview series to footage on Study Abroad opportunities. All students in my classes have Colorful Flags "Cultural Learning" sessions. In this context, they have access to the Colorful Flags program via: ColorfulFlags.org In my "Politics, Policies, Pop Culture," class students produce short films in groups. The three best films selected by the students are then streamed on my website for future students to watch. Each student project that my students participate in is documented via video and then it is encoded and streamed on my website. My aim is to give students access to a wealth of free academic content. In this day of shrinking budgets and increased tuition, students desperately need "Affordable Learning Solutions." Dr. Reese's website
Faculty Stories: Bonny Burns-Whitmore Ph.D.
Department:Human Nutrition & Food Science
Course: FN 434
Required Textbook: Advanced Nutrition & Human Metabolism
Accessed electronically at: CourseSmart
Original Cost at Bronco Bookstore: $209.70
Cost of online edition/material: $108.00
Savings per Student: $101.70
Professor Bonny Burns-Whitmore is significantly assisting her students in the struggle to find affordable texts. By using a website book for her Master’s class, and taking advantage of the Blackboard website to post lab manuals for her two undergraduate classes Professor Burns-Whitmore is truly helping her students save money on the cost of textbooks. Her approach to helping solve the textbook affordability issues for students today is phenomenal, and is sure to help a countless amount of students.
Faculty Stories: Richard Hyslop, Ph.D.
Department:Geography and Anthropology
Course: GEO 315
Required Textbook: Exploring the Urban Community
Textbook is available at a reduced cost to students from VitalSource via the Bronco Bookstore.
Original Cost at Bronco Bookstore: $131.65
Cost of online edition/material: $56.20
Savings per Student: $75.45
Professor Hyslop has significantly helped the students of his classes deal with the high cost of textbooks. One of the ways Professor Hyslop is helping students with the high cost of textbooks is by offering an e-book that is not only completely free, but that is also provided directly by the government agency FEMA. Professor Hyslop explains how his “[…] students will not have to pay a cent for texts next quarter.” With this out of the box thinking Professor Hyslop has been able to continuously provide his students with the quality education that Cal Poly Pomona is known for in addition to making that valuable degree much more affordable.