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For information and resources related to BlendFlex and Remote instruction, please refer to UCF Keep Teaching (for faculty) and UCF Keep Learning (for students) pages. Additionally, be sure to review Our Promise to Support the UCF Community and see how everyone at the Division of Digital Learning is here to support our Knights.

UCF is committed to reducing the cost of course materials for students to create a more equitable, accessible educational experience. 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, the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), and the 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 dedicated to helping students make their dreams a reality by breaking down financial barriers.

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

Affordable

Affordability Counts acknowledges faculty for their efforts to keep instructional materials costs low.

First Day

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

Access

The Division of Digital Learning and UCF Libraries facilitates access to zero-cost educational materials.

Featured AIM Spotlights

Interested in how your fellow colleagues have implemented affordable instructional materials? View our featured spotlights.

Faculty Spotlights

Faculty Testimonials

UCF Faculty Zhongzhou Chen and Thomas Brueckner recorded the below videos to help illustrate the importance of affordable instructional materials for students and how it has affected their own courses.

Publications

UCF publications related to course material affordability.