Other Ways to Provide Affordable Course Content
Use "Low-Cost" Resources
- Several "low-cost" fee-based options are available from vendors, including bookstores and publishers. While the focus of the Initiative is on no-cost-to-students course materials, materials for some programs/courses may need to be acquired from "low-cost-to-students" fee-based services offered by some bookstores, publishers, or other providers. More content will be added to this section when the newly-formed team of the B-CU OER Initiative has an opportunity to research these offerings.
- (The team is led by Dr. Hector Torres. Other members include Dr. Allen Pelley, Dr. Jyl O'Brien-Williams, Latoya Newell-Burke, Esq., Dr. Clarissa West-White, Ms. April Hudson, and Ms. Helen Morey). (Updated October 26, 2022).
Use Library (Licensed) Educational Resources (LER)*
Licensed e-books, online journals, and other online resources (LERs) available through Bethune-Cookman's Carl S. Swisher Library subscriptions may be used to supplement or even, in some cases, replace traditional textbooks. These resources are licensed and copyrighted and do not allow customization -so they are not considered OER. But they are provided at no charge to the students.
- These licensed resources are restricted to B-CU students, faculty, and staff.
- You can direct students to specific works in library databases or eBook collections by providing "persistent" links (some databases use the term "durable links" or "permanent links".) Most resources have a link or icon that can be selected to create such a link easily.
- Be aware that not all LER ebooks allow for multiple simultaneous users (although budget permitting, the Library may be able to upgrade the number of simultaneous users.)
- Also, check for copyright and/or licensing restrictions before using LER resources for your course.
- If you have any questions about these matters, please contact one of the librarians. They will be happy to help you.
- If the Library does not appear to have the material(s) you need, budget permitting, the Library may be able to purchase the resource from one of our library vendors. All recommendations are considered, and a final decision for each recommendation is made using the guidelines of the Library's collection development policy.
Please contact the Liaison Librarian (see below) for your school/college for help in selecting a list of library resources to use in your course:
(You may also email email@example.com for help.)
College of Arts and Humanities
- Education, School
- Liberal Arts, School
- Performing Arts and Communication, School
College of Business and Entrepreneurship
College of Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Distance Learning Liasion
- Dr. Clarissa West-White, (386) 481-2198, Office: Library 2nd floor Archives, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: There are several name variations for LER, including:
- Library (Licensed) Educational Resources
- Library (Leased) Educational Resources