The AIM High event recognizes faculty across UCF who have made an effort to keep their required course materials affordable for students.
This event features a full program with guest speakers, awards, testimonials, and time to network and learn more about ways the university is collaborating to reduce and/or remove cost barriers to academic content.
AIM High is a result of UCF’s Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Initiative — a program designed to generate cost savings for students by way of First Day (inclusive access) through the UCF bookstore and other low- and no-cost adoptions of publicly-available, openly-licensed and/or library-sourced materials such as The Orange Grove collection. These efforts are also reported through Affordability Counts, a statewide shared repository of works used to identify courses that meet the low-cost definition of $20 or less per credit hour.
The AIM Initiative is a University-wide collaboration that includes the Division of Digital Learning, the UCF Libraries, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the UCF Bookstore, and, of course, YOU, the faculty and students who make it all possible.
AIM High Awardees
The First Day program allows faculty members to work with commercial publishers and other for-profit entities to set an agreement with Barnes & Noble to offer discounted pricing on their course materials. Students may choose to “opt-in” to receive their course materials at the discounted price in their Webcourses@UCF course before the Drop/Add period each semester. Faculty who have participated in the First Day program from Spring 2019 to Fall 2019 were recognized this past spring at our inaugural event.
Faculty who have submitted to Affordability Counts were also recognized at this event. Affordability Counts is a program that recognizes faculty who have taken steps in making their course materials affordable. If the total cost of the instructional material(s) is less than or equal to $20 per credit hour (per course), the Affordability Counts medallion will be given to the faculty to place on their course home page, syllabus, or wherever they prefer, and their course will be added to the list of low-cost courses on the Affordability Counts website.
Orange Grove Collection
In 2019, five UCF faculty members participated in the Complete Florida Challenge Grant to create their own open educational resource. Thanks to the Creative Commons licenses, their openly-licensed works are available to the public and are housed in The Orange Grove: Florida’s Open Educational Resource Repository. The Orange Grove Collection is an example of one of the many ways faculty can adopt, create, and/or adapt their own zero-cost materials.