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Student Post: #TEXTBOOKBROKE Student Survey for Open Education

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Deepshika Verma, our Open Education Student Assistant

My name is Deepshika Verma and I am an International Studies major here at USF, with a minor in Health Sciences. I hope to go into the public health in the future as a result! I am super passionate about advocacy, an avid sports fan (Go Giants!), and also a student performer (been dancing my whole life).

As a student, I totally relate to excessive costs for education. Whether it be tuition, food, transportation, or textbooks, I have been there and done that. This is why I decided to advocate for Open Education at USFCA. I want to do what I can to get the word out about free resources for educational endeavors here on our campus, all thanks to Charlotte Roh, my partner-in-crime. She has guided me throughout my journey of discovering open education resources (OER) this semester and has been a huge supporter for me and many other students who are struggling to recover from expensive books/materials costs.

These upcoming few weeks left of the semester, we are implementing a survey for students and faculty to bring more awareness of OER and have it implemented into the university’s system. It is important to the both of us, not only to reduce costs of textbooks, but to have a chance to interact with millennials who have a different, unique mindset towards their education. Having a community to share OER with is something we strive towards and I cannot wait to continue my journey!

You can take the survey and win a $25 Amazon gift card at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZKGGVlChTV2mmztq2

Xoxo,

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