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Wednesday, October 20 • 9:30am - 9:40am
Open Access Resources for a College Nursing Chemistry Course

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This presentation will describe the conversion in all sections of the year-long chemistry course for pre-nursing majors to a free, open-source textbook, that was designed collaboratively by the presenters. Over a period of two years, the team has created materials that can be used in a general, organic, and biochemistry course for allied-health majors. This project, funded by the University System of Georgia through their Textbook Transformation Grant Program, allowed six faculty members from three disciplines that do not traditionally cross boundaries to collaborate together: chemistry, nursing, and the library. In this talk, we will share tips to develop coherent open-access resources that are student-friendly, strategies to ensure a genuine collaboration between all faculty members, as well as the lessons learned about developing relevant case studies and using renewable assessments. Specific examples related to nursing chemistry and medication mathematics will be provided. Data based on faculty satisfaction, student feedback, satisfaction and performance, will also be discussed. A link to a website will be shared with further details such as the sources of the case studies and the contact information for each faculty member and their role for this project in order to facilitate ulterior dialogue.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Consider the advantages of institution-wide collaboration
  • Consider the benefits for students of renewable assessments
  • Consider the lessons learned in using a newly redesigned open text
  • Consider the pros and cons of using case studies
  • Consider the feedback from faculty and students


Vickie Geisler

University of West Georgia
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Chemera Ivory

Associate Professor & Librarian, University of West Georgia
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Anne Gaquere-Parker

Professor of Chemistry, University of West Georgia

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Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:30am - 9:40am EDT
Room F