Affordability Counts

Concurrent Session 10

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Brief Abstract

FIU Online began "Affordability Counts" to recognize faculty who were actively making changes to the courses they teach to reduce the cost of course materials to students. As part of the Affordability Counts initiative, faculty at the university self-identify as teaching courses that contain course materials that are under $60. Faculty who meet the target price and the selection criteria then receive a recognition known as the ‘Affordability Counts’ medallion. The Affordability Counts program at FIU was created as a direct response to the increasing costs of textbooks in higher education. Courses that meet the selection criteria earn the ‘Affordability Counts’ medallion which can then be displayed within the course in the learning management system and course syllabus.


Gus Roque is the Educational Technology Manager at FIU Online, Florida International University’s centralized distance education unit. He has been working in the field of distance learning in higher education since 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from the College of Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Education, both from Florida International University. He has been a member of multiple professional distance education organizations. He has also spoken at different professional conferences such as ATD International Conference & Exposition, UPCEA Annual Conference, Online Learning Consortium Conference, Blackboard World, International Conference on College Teaching and Learning and the FIU Online conference. As an instructional designer, he has designed courses for multiple colleges and disciplines. He previously served on the senior instructional design group which was responsible for setting the best practices and standards for fully online courses at Florida International University. His current role at FIU Online allows him to discover, research and vet educational technologies for fully online and blended courses. Gus Roque lives in Miami, Florida.
David-John Palmer is a dedicated leader in higher education who is passionate about the use of technology to enhance learning experiences. David-John is the Associate Director of Educational Technology at FIU Online where he is charged with oversight of online and blended course development and the multimedia studios. He is responsible for the implementation of new learning technologies, designing and developing instructional courses that bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to acquiring knowledge for learners. David-John serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the College of Business' Information Systems and Business Analytics department, has presented as part of an opening keynote and facilitated sessions at national conferences. As a certified technical instructor with a proficiency in multimedia software he brings a wealth of knowledge to aid in defining the ultimate learner experience. David-John holds a Bachelors degree in Graphic and Multimedia Design and a Masters degree in Information Systems. His expertise includes instructional systems design, online program management, website development, graphic and multimedia design.

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