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Opening Up To A New Textbook

Submitted by Meghan Corcoran

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What challenge, problem or motivation inspired you to make one small change?

Students were not buying the textbook in my course.

Tell us about your one small change:

  • I added an open textbook as an alternate resource on the course outline
  • My message to students was to use both resources

What was the result of your one small change?

  1. It’s a LOT more work to try and customize a new resource to my course, but more rewarding and sustainable
  • My notes have been the biggest job to adjust, I just make sure to include open source examples rather than word-for-word copies of the publisher examples
  • Sometimes I have to make my own examples

2. Since open textbook options were limited, it was difficult to find appropriate examples for them to work through as homework (some sections are different or have been omitted when compared to publisher text), but I’ve found a few things:

  • Very few students even DO homework
  • Most of the examples done in class are sufficient for practicing

3. ALL of the problems with the open source are very easily fixed, and students DON’T CARE because they didn’t pay for the book in the first place. They are thrilled to have an economic option, and it really doesn’t matter to them that it’s not perfect

  • This is just a challenge to me to make it better, which will happen over time, if only there was more of it 😉

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