Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Initiative

By way of UCF’s Pegasus Innovation Lab (iLab), the Division of Digital Learning (DDL) has joined forces with internal and external stakeholders to reduce instructional materials costs for students.

As an internal community, DDL collaborates with the UCF Libraries, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), and UCF Bookstore to grow efforts in the areas of 1) First Day access to discounted publisher materials and 2) zero-cost materials through library-sourced content and open educational resources (OER).

Externally, through the Affordability Counts program, DDL partners with its counterparts in the State University System (SUS) of Florida to track, report, and celebrate faculty who deliver courses using instructional materials that cost less than or equal to $20 per credit hour (per course).

These two communities together have the tools to make a collective impact at scale—streamlining the process for students to acquire their required course materials on the first day of class and offering recognition to faculty for choosing to create a more equitable, accessible educational experience for their students.

We AIM High to empower faculty and students alike to succeed through the following efforts to provide Affordable First Day Access.

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Affordability Counts acknowledges faculty for their efforts to keep course materials costs at or below $20 per credit hour (per course).

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First Day

First Day provides a venue for students to get publisher course materials at a discounted rate through the UCF Bookstore.

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The Division of Digital Learning facilitates access to zero-cost educational materials by supporting content adoption, creation, and adaptation.