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Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University

The Affordability Team

Cleveland State University has been a leader in textbook affordability efforts in Ohio since 2014, when we became one of the founding members of the Open Textbook Network, which now has over 1000 campus members around the world. Our former Library Director, Glenda Thornton, was instrumental in initiating OhioLINK’s current Ohio Affordable Learning initiative, which has been actively supporting a $1.5 million Ohio Department of Higher Education grant awarded to a collection of universities and colleges across Ohio. Several CSU faculty have also been team members for these grant projects.

"Collaborating for Student Success" Teamwork is essential to the success of this goal. Campus departments involved in this affordability initiative include the Michael Schwartz Library, Law Library, Center for eLearning, Center for Faculty Excellence, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, and Student Government Association, all working in partnership with the Open Textbook Network and OhioLINK.

Glenda Thornton



Affordability Team founded by Glenda Thornton, Michael Schwartz Library Director (Retired)


Heather Caprette

Heather Caprette: Sr. Media Developer/Sr. Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning

  • What I can do to help:
    • Locating open educational learning materials
    • Designing assignments using OER
    • Designing assignments where students create OER
    • Presenting or co-presenting the Open Textbook Network training on Open Textbooks, Access and Affordability
    • Creating OER
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 201 ~ Telephone: (216) 802-3142
  • Email: h.caprette@csuohio.edu

Sam Diomede

Sam Diomede: Senior Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning

  • What I can do to help:
    • If you are developing an online or blended course, I can help you structure your materials in Blackboard to get the most out of your open textbook. By aligning your assessments, materials and activities around your textbook, you will have a course that is on its way to meeting Quality Matters standards.
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 201 ~ Telephone: (216) 802-3141
  • Email: s.diomede@csuohio.edu

Mandi Goodsett

Mandi Goodsett : Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

  • What I can do to help:
    • Finding open resources
    • Finding relevant material already licensed by the library
    • Answering questions about creative commons licenses
    • Basic copyediting
    • Help finding faculty collaborators
    • Designing assessment methods
    • Creating OER-enabled pedagogy activities for class
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 110D ~ Telephone: (216) 802-3362
  • Email: a.goodsett@csuohio.edu

Caryn Lanzo

Caryn Lanzo: Director, Center for eLearning

  • What I can do to help:
    • Provide support and instructional design resources to develop OER content and related activities and to align and integrate OER content in online and blended courses.
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 201 ~ Telephone: (216) 802-3143
  • Email: c.lanzo@csuohio.edu

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Barb Loomis: Digital Scholarly Publications and Programs Administrator, Michael Schwartz Library

  • What I can do to help:
    • Support for publishing EngagedScholarship@CSU
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 501F ~ Telephone: (216) 875-9734
  • Email: b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu

Marsha Miles

Marsha Miles : Digital Initiatives Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

  • What I can do to help:
    • Finding open resources
    • Finding relevant material already licensed by the library
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 324 ~ Telephone: (216) 687-2369
  • Email: m.a.miles24@csuohio.edu

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Chris Rennison: Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning

  • What I can do to help:
    • Help you produce multimedia instructional materials through our television and audio studios
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 805 ~ Telephone: (216) 523-7582
  • Email: c.rennison@csuohio.edu

Ben Richards

Ben Richards : Business and Communication Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

  • What I can do to help:
    • Finding open resources
    • Finding relevant material already licensed by the library
  • Office: Rhodes Tower 110 B ~ Telephone: (216) 687-2291
  • Email: b.c.richards@csuohio.edu


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