East Georgia State College Psychology Professors Deborah Lee, M.S. and Tori Kearns, Ph.D. were recently awarded 1 of 30 Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grants. The grants are part of a USG initiative aimed to lower the cost of college and contribute to retention and graduation. Their specific project targets one of the most popular undergraduate courses – General Psychology. During the spring 2015 semester, they will implement a course redesign that entails selecting and adapting Open Educational Resources (OERs) to create a unique body of content found in the standard textbook. Their final product will be made available to students at no cost as downloadable .PDF’s. The grantees predict increased textbook access and usage among students using the D2L Brightspace interface as the means of dissemination. The current estimate of textbook purchases among currently enrolled PSYC 1101 students is only 36%. Additionally, the grantees hope to see improved retention and success for students who take advantage of the tools and resources necessary to meet the demands of the course.
Tori Kearns, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Licensed Psychologist, and serves as the Psychology Academic Coordinator. She has been a faculty member of EGSC since 2005 and was the EGSC-Statesboro Personal and Disabilities Counselor from 2005-2011.
Deborah Lee, M.S. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and serves as the Psychology Academic Advisor for EGSC-Statesboro. She has been a full-time faculty member of EGSC since 2008 and part-time faculty member from 2006-2008.