Contemporary Anthropology (ANTH 110) will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) for most sections beginning Fall 2019. All materials, including textbooks, for all sections of ANTH 110 will cost less than $30 per student.
Contemporary Anthropology (ANTH 110) is a popular course that fulfills the Liberal Studies Social Science requirement and the Global and Multicultural Awareness requirement. With approximately 1,000 students taking these classes each year, the reduction in course material costs will save IUP students an estimated $95,000 per year.
Amanda Poole, who helped spearhead this initiative, said, "Anthropology is dedicated to making education open to a diverse student body. Moving towards open educational resources reflects that commitment."
Open Educational Resources are freely accessible texts, media, and other teaching and learning resources. The IUP Anthropology Department spent the past several months reviewing available Anthropology OER for accuracy, completeness, and accessibility to ensure that the student experience will not be negatively affected. The majority of ANTH 110 sections taught beginning in Fall 2019 will use OER and resources available through IUP Libraries, but a few sections may also use low-cost textbooks.
Ben Ford, Anthropology Department Chair commented, "No matter what section of Contemporary Anthropology a student enrolls in they can expect to pay between $0 and $30 for all of their course materials. Anthropology has a lot to offer IUP students and I hope this gives them an opportunity to explore the topic."
IUP Libraries provided important support for the adoption of OER for ANTH 110.
Department of Anthropology