Christine Grogan, assistant professor of English on the AAP’s Dover campus, has been awarded a $5,000 Instructional Improvement Grant from the University of Delaware’s Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL).
Developed in partnership with the UD Library, the grant was established to address the rising cost of course materials in higher education through the creation of open educational resources (OER) — educational materials that are licensed to be shared freely and at no cost to others. It is a problem that most students are all too familiar with, unfortunately: The College Board estimates that the average American college student spends $1,200 per year on textbooks and associated course materials.
Grogan’s grant proposal, “Curating an OER Anthology for English 204: American Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present,” outlines her plan for compiling an open-access American literature anthology. Grogan plans to use this for her own future ENGL 204 courses, of course, and plans to release the final version via an open license, which will allow free access to the resource by other universities.