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Presented at Saint Cloud Technical & Community College - Faculty In-Service Day, Saint Cloud, MN. January 6, 2011

Presented at Saint Cloud Technical & Community College - Faculty In-Service Day, Saint Cloud, MN. January 6, 2011

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  • 1. Textbooks: Let’s Look at the Options
    Todd Digby
    System Director of Libraries
    Minnesota State Colleges & Universities
    2011
  • 2. Textbooks Overview
    Issues to consider
    Price
    Choice
    Accessibility
    Delivery system
  • 3. Textbooks Overview
    Average Textbook Prices Nationally
    Source: College Board Annual Survey of Colleges, average prices for full-time, full-year students
  • 4. Textbook Price Comparisons
    8th Edition: PRINT: $211.25
    7th Edition: PRINT: $158.50 ONLINE :$88.50
    (7th Edition no longer available at campus bookstore)
    8th Edition: PRINT: $152.95
    7th Edition: PRINT: $142.95 ONLINE :$52.13
    Semester Rental $85.71
  • 5. Print Textbooks
    Best Practices
    • Consider putting copies of books on reserve in the campus library.
    • 6. Explain to students why specific textbooks are chosen for each class.
    • 7. When practical, allow multiple editions to be used for a course. Faculty may need to make adjustments in reading and homework assignments to accommodate multiple editions.
    • 8. If supplemental material is sold with the textbook (a practice commonly called bundling), make sure all parts of the bundle are used for the course. If all pieces are not needed, work with the bookstore to order only what is needed.
    • 9. Submit textbook orders to the bookstore well in advance.
  • Online Textbooks
    • Generally less expensive than print versions which saves money for students.
    • 10. Opportunities with publishers to explore existing options. Online textbooks are not what they were three years ago. So check them out.
  • Online Textbooks
    http://www.CourseSmart.com
    Online evaluation for Instructors
    Kindle versions. Free software .
    www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy
  • 11. National Repository of Online Courses
    http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/?user=myMINN
    Open Course Content
    • Algebra
    • 12. Algebra (Spanish)
    • 13. American Government
    • 14. Biology
    • 15. Calculus
    • 16. Calculus (Spanish)
    • 17. Environmental Science
    • 18. Physics
    • 19. Psychology
    • 20. Religion
    • 21. Statistics
    • 22. US History
  • MERLOT – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
    http://www.merlot.org
    Open Course Content
    MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.   MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials.
  • 23. Open Course Content
    Open Educational Resources
    www.oercommons.org
    www.oerconsortium.org
    www.collegeopentextbooks.org
  • 24. Create Your Own Textbook
    Use existing open source materials. (Creative Commons)
    Use links to library resources.
    Software is available to create materials
    SoftChalk
    lodeStar
    Make sure you understand copyright issues.
  • 25. Open Course Content
    Minnesota Online Digital Exchange
    • digital repository for Learning Objects.
    • 26. accessible through Desire2Learn.
    • 27. you can contribute and share.
    tinyurl.com/modemn
  • 28. Open Course Content
    Your Library Resources
    www.sctcc.edu/current-students/student-services/library-services
    • Databases – links to full-text
    articles and resources.
    • Atomic Learning tutorials
  • Contact me
    todd.digby@so.mnscu.edu
    651-649-5759
    www.twitter.com/tryandig
    www.digby.us