The Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) project seeks to provide faculty with support to reduce educational costs and make textbooks more affordable for students. As a result of this project, ALG is expected to save students over an estimated $9 million in course materials between the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.
Textbook Transformation Grants are at the heart of the initiative, encouraging faculty, librarians, and instructional designers to explore the use of open educational resources (OER) and partnerships by way of load releases and financial compensation to accommodate any additional workload. For those instructors making use of ready-made OER, the strain is said to be no different than that which one encounters when adopting new course texts. In addition to monetary benefits of adopting OER under ALG, faculty have valued this project as it allows them to rethink their courses and seek a new way to engage their students.
Though the details on this initiative are valuable, this article does little more than recount the rationale and execution behind this project.