Previously, the total cost for students for the textbook ranged from $195 (purchase as used) to $259 (purchased as new). After CALMing the course, the total cost for students was zero! Subsequently, the total annual savings ranged from about $13,650 ($195 x 70 students for used book) to about $18,130 ($259 x 70 students for new book). The textbook was replaced with three main content sources:
I plan to continue using the same readings, and will make sure all readings are posted in Cougar Courses at the beginning of the semester. For the newsletters, I will announce in class the stories/cases to focus on for next class.
As expected, the students were delighted about the savings and many commented repeatedly through the semester how excited and appreciative they were for the zero expenses on the reading material.
As far as student performance on assignments, I haven’t seen their CALM surveys yet, but I did not notice any difference between performance from this group (with zero cost for readings) compared to other groups (with higher cost for readings) suggesting this material worked just as well.