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Waldorf University mathematics department chair to receive funding for student-centered project

This news story was published on July 16, 2021.
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Andrea Blanchard

FOREST CITY – On behalf of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL), Andrea Blanchard, the department chair of mathematics at Waldorf University, will be receiving a $10,000 grant to fund her project submitted to Open Educational Resources (OER) Project.

The IPAL OER Project grant encourages faculty members to create an open-source material to aid with redesigning courses or creating support tools. The project that Blanchard worked on focuses on the relevance of resources for students involved in mathematics courses at Waldorf University. “I was looking for some projects to work on over the summer and was interested in updating our textbook for the general education math class,” says Blanchard. “I decided to give it a try after the library director Sarah Beiting told us about it in a faculty meeting.” Blanchard is creating a digital collection of free resources and study materials in the form of a textbook to make available for students.

The grant will be used to compensate for the time and effort it takes to create the online version of the textbook. “Instead of trying to deal with copyright issues, it is better to transfer original graphs and equations to a digital form,” said Blanchard. “It takes a lot more time and maneuvering to make the original graphs to look like the ones we have in our current textbook.” The soon-to-be-completed project will streamline the curriculum of the class while decreasing course expenses for students since they will not be required to purchase resources for the class. Starting spring of 2022, students who are taking the corresponding class will gain access to this free textbook as part of the OER.

For more information, please contact Sarah Beiting at
About the Iowa Private Academic Libraries

Founded in 1903, Waldorf University is a regionally-accredited liberal arts university located in the heart of Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf delivers engaging learning experiences through innovative residential and online instruction, providing its students associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates in the areas of business, communication, criminal justice administration, education, music, psychology, theatre and more. Visit to learn more.

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8 Responses to Waldorf University mathematics department chair to receive funding for student-centered project

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 6:27 am

    They will let any body in with loans in tow!!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Waldorf is the Kaplan of colleges. Lol

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Higher education is no longer worth the effort or the money. Spend $100,000 and maybe make $45000 when done makes no sense.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    See’s a problem and solves it. College text books are a racket. Just look to the bigger schools down south to see a full blown system in place that has all the hallmarks of criminal behaviors. They went over the top with rates back in 2012 when the big banks jumped into high interest rate student loan business in a big way. Again criminal practices by the banks. That’s why student loan debt needs to be forgiven by 50%. Bringing it back to it’s rightful levels. Give the professor more money too. Don’t be stingy.