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‘Speaking of Higher Ed’: Jeff Gallant’s insights on lowering education costs

In the pursuit of integrating low or no-cost educational materials into academic coursework, educators and administrators can find valuable insights from the latest episode of Speaking of Higher Ed.

The program welcomes Jeff Gallant, program director of Affordable Learning Georgia, in this month’s segment. ALG, an advocate for affordable and open educational resources, remains committed to advancing student success and ensuring equitable access to education.

During the conversation, Gallant provides an in-depth overview of Open Educational Resources and outlines steps to initiate the process of selecting materials for educational courses. Faculty members within the University System of Georgia can access campus-based faculty, library and design champions for assistance in this initiative. Gallant also underscores the benefits of OER, emphasizing how they can enhance teaching materials while alleviating financial burdens for students. The discussion emphasizes how OER can create a more level academic field for all students, fostering a conducive environment for academic achievement.

Furthermore, Gallant sheds light on the potential cost savings for Georgia students when courses integrate free textbooks. Educators seeking open textbooks receive practical advice from Gallant on navigating the dynamic landscape of educational resources.

Listen to Speaking of Higher Ed podcast on your favorite podcast app. The podcast is produced by the Center for Instructional Innovation at Augusta University.

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